TORONTO, Nov. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Students are concerned that the
government's recently released Differentiation Policy Framework does
little to address the real problems of declining quality and increasing
financial barriers, results of chronic underfunding of colleges and
universities by the provincial government.
"Differentiation does not solve the real crisis facing colleges and
universities in the province," says Alastair Woods, Chairperson of the
Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. "Though the government touts
these proposals as innovative and forward thinking, they are simply
asking institutions to provide more with less."
The framework ties funding to a set of metrics including employment
outcomes for graduates. This approach will force institutions to rely
heavily on private sectors partners to secure funding, and develop
academic programs that cater to short-term labour market trends.
"The provincial government is pursuing short-sighted solutions to long
standing problems," said Woods. "Students firmly believe that the
solution to this crisis is to increase public funding, reduce tuition
fees and improve quality at all colleges and universities in the
Students in Ontario currently pay the highest tuition fees in Canada and
per-student funding is the lowest of all 10 provinces.
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario is the largest student
organization in the province, representing more than 300,000 college,
undergraduate and graduate students in all regions of the province.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario
For further information:
Alastair Woods, Chairperson: 647-378-8942 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaley Kennedy, Communications and Government Relations Coordinator: 647-302-3891 or email@example.com