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Infobox Universityname = University of Albertanative_name = image_size = 130pxlatin_name = motto = Quaecumque Veramottoeng = Whatsoever things are trueestablished = 1908closed = type = Publicaffiliation = endowment = $751Mcite web year = 2007 url = Report2007title = Investment Committee Report To The Board Of Governors publisher = University of Alberta accessdate = 2007-08-17 cite web year = 2006 url =
The university's current enrolment is over 36,000, placing it among the five largest universities in the country.
The main campus covers 50 city blocks with over 90 buildings directly across the cite web year = 2005 url = = Record energy revenues boost province's surplus publisher = Government of Alberta accessdate = 2006-11-20cite web year = 2005 url = = Bill 1 to secure Albertans' access to the future publisher = Government of Alberta accessdate = 2006-11-20] Given the rosy economic conditions in Alberta, it has been suggested that as the University of Alberta enters its second century it should aim to be one of the top twenty universities in the world by the year 2020.
[cite web year = 2006 url = Alberta title = University of Alberta President's Panel Speech publisher = University of Alberta accessdate = 2006-11-20, Tory writes "If you take any steps in the direction of a working University and wish to avoid the mistakes of the past, mistakes which have fearfully handicapped other institutions, you should start on a teaching basis."Tory to Rutherford, March 6, 1906.
University of Alberta Archives (UAA), Rutherford Fonds, 2/3/6-8] The Act creating the university had been passed two years earlier in the first session of the new Legislative Assembly, with Premier as its sponsor.
The governance was modelled on the provincial University of Toronto Act of 1906 which established a bicameral system of university government consisting of a senate (faculty), responsible for academic policy, and a board of governors (citizens) exercising exclusive control over financial policy and having formal authority in all other matters.
The president, appointed by the board, was to provide a link between the 2 bodies and to perform institutional leadership.
In 1912 the university established its Department of Extension.In the early part of 20th century, professional education expanded beyond the traditional fields of theology, law and medicine.Graduate training based on the German-inspired American model of specialized course work and the completion of a research thesis was introduced.In 1929, the university established a School of Education.In 1932, the University Department of Extension established the Banff School of Finer Arts.The policy of university education initiated in the 1960s responded to population pressure and the belief that higher education was a key to social justice and economic productivity for individuals and for society.