In 2008, the Government of Ontario named Glendon the Centre of Excellence for French-language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education in southern Ontario, awarding $20 million to the campus to enhance bilingual higher education in the region. This investment enabled the construction of a new, award-winning “glass box” building at the front of the campus which houses state-of-the art language labs, open study spaces, an amphitheatre, classrooms, and more.
The expansion has also supported program expansion in response to the urgent need for increased post-secondary offerings in French in southern Ontario, the only area of the province where the Francophone population is experiencing significant growth. These include:
- A unique, direct-entry Bachelor of Education (B. Ed.) for future French teachers available at the primary-junior, junior-intermediate, and intermediate-senior levels.
- Bilingual and trilingual international Bachelor of Arts (iBA) degrees available across 20 disciplines.
- A new PhD in Études francophones.
- Enhanced bilingual activities outside the classroom.
Plans for further program expansion in professional disciplines and the sciences are underway.