Has it been a longstanding practice that colleges not associated with any universities offer Bachelors degrees? Are these Bachelor degrees equivalent to ones obtained at universities? I thought you could only complete those at universities. For example, Seneca College offers a "Honours Bachelor of Crime & Intelligence Analysis". The program actually looks pretty fascinating and Seneca touts it as being a one of a kind degree that you can't get anywhere else.
You get a "Honours Bachelor Degree" upon graduating but in its program learning outcomes it refers to it as an applied degree.
At first glance you'd think this would be an acceptable degree to complete for subsequent application to law school, but on the other hand, it's Seneca College.*
There's even an extensive PDF they released about the program. It was interesting to go through because it draws comparisons to other similar programs at universities and colleges and describes how it's different than them. It mentions that this degree can be used to apply to graduate programs. It also says:
"The HBCIA program maximizes the graduates’ potential for employment and promotion in their field and further study. It meets PEQAB’s standard and benchmarks for credential recognition. The program is designed with content and academic rigour that is expected to facilitate credit transfer to and credential recognition by other post-secondary institutions in Canada, the United States, and abroad. Issues of transferability and credit transfer have been a focus of Seneca College’s attention in order to facilitate the mobility needs of its graduates in a global economy. Efforts have been made to ensure that courses are commensurate with undergraduate instruction (at the lower and upper level) at other post-secondary institutions."
I guess the question now is, are law schools accepting bachelors degrees like these that are completed at colleges, or is there still a distinction between bachelors degrees completed at universities? I wonder why colleges are doing this, how college bachelor degrees like these are perceived by law schools, and if this is misleading. It looks like Seneca took great effort to show it's just like a university degree, but I'm having trouble making sense of that because they're a college. 🤔
*Not intended to offend anyone at Seneca or come off as elitist. I purely mean this in the context that college is generally considered to have lower academic ranking than university.