In July of 1979, on the last day of the 38-day legislative session, a bill granting Trinity Western College university status was passed. This legislation made Trinity Western the only private school in B.C. capable of granting four-year, baccalaureate degrees.
An Act to Amend the Trinity Western College Act, assented to July 31, 1979.
[TWU Archives: F 2 B 32 File 29]
Media reaction was mixed…
Malcolm Turnbull. “Socreds vote degree status to Trinity College,” The Province,
August 1, 1979 (no page) [TWU Archives: Coll 3 B 1 File: 1979]