Conrad Grebel University College (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)
|L-R: J. Winfield Fretz, Milton R. Good and John Neufeld|
Conrad Grebel University College (CGUC) was chartered in 1961, taught its first classes in 1963 and dedicated it's first building (a residence for 106 students) in 1964. Ontario Mennonite leaders established the College when more Mennonite young adults were attending secular universities for training in specialties not available at traditional Mennonite colleges or Bible schools. The possibility of an affiliated college at the University of Waterloo allowed Ontario Mennonites to provide post-secondary education with a relatively small financial investment. Conrad Grebel University College added "University" to its name in June 2001 to recognize its graduate program and to differentiate itself from community colleges.
Crucial visionaries in founding Conrad Grebel College included Norman High,
Harvey Taves, John W. Snyder, Henry H. Epp and Milton R. Good. J. Winfield Fretz
began service as the College's first President in 1963, and made an impact in
the Ontario Mennonite community far beyond the College.
The Ontario Mennonite leaders initially envisioned a residential college for Mennonite students studying at university in non-theological disciplines. They expected that Conrad Grebel's teaching would be limited to religious knowledge and such other liberal arts courses as would be negotiated with the university. However the College's teaching program rapidly expanded, with an academic office and classroom building added in 1976. The College taught 98 courses in 2006/2007 with 22 faculty and administrators, and 20 sessional instructors.
The College's undergraduate students are registered at, and receive their
degrees from, the University of Waterloo. The College established its own
Graduate Theological Studies in 1987; these students receive a Master of
Theological Studies (MTS) degree from Conrad Grebel University College and the University of Waterloo. Ontario
provincial funding has typically provided half of Conrad Grebel's income through
grants and undergraduate tuition fees; the remainder comes from residence
income, donations and endowment income, as well as other sales of services. In
2006/07 Mennonite Church Eastern Canada provided about 4% of CGUC's income.
Mennonite students have usually filled half the spaces in the residence, but the percentage of Mennonite students in Conrad Grebel academic courses is much less than 10%. This difference has created some dissonance between the residence and academic programs throughout Conrad Grebel's history. At the same time it has reflected the unique mission of the College has it has intersected with the very diverse student body of a large provincial university.
Conrad Grebel University College Archives at the Mennonite Archives of Ontario.
Conrad Grebel University College Web Site
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