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February 3, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Innovative new B.C. university turns higher-ed on its head

In recent years, many educators have come to question the very stuff that makes up a large part of a modern-day education — the body of knowledge and facts that students learn and memorize, then regurgitate on tests and exams.

The argument runs something like this: What is the use of memorizing the dates of important historical events, or various mathematical equations or scientific laws, if you can look up all these bits of information by pulling out your cellphone and doing a web search?

That sort of thinking might lead you to Quest University Canada, a small liberal-arts university located halfway between Vancouver and Whistler, B.C.

Founded in 2002 and with a current enrollment of about 670 students, it’s the first private, nonprofit secular university in Canada, drawing about 10 percent of its student enrollment from the Seattle area.

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