TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - The province's Commission on the Reform
of Ontario's Public Services has produced a report that reaffirms the
importance of focusing on higher education and student success, Ontario
colleges said today.
"This is a far-reaching and comprehensive report that balances the
province's financial challenges and its strategic priorities," said Dr.
Tony Tilly, the chair of Colleges Ontario and president of Fleming
College. "It will be important for the Ontario government to achieve
the same balance in its response to the report."
The commission, led by economist Don Drummond, produced a report that
reaffirms the importance of improving postsecondary attainment rates in
the province. The recommendation to increase postsecondary funding by
1.5 per cent each year is also consistent with that goal.
The report also acknowledges that colleges play an important role in
delivering quality postsecondary education in all regions of the
province, despite the funding pressures colleges have faced.
Ontario's colleges welcome the recommendation to have colleges and
universities develop articulation mandates with the province.
The colleges also support the call for a strengthened system to help
college and university students transfer credits when they move to
another institution. Ontario's colleges encourage the provincial
government to act on that recommendation.
Colleges believe there should be a new vision for postsecondary
education that ensures students have improved access to opportunities.
College degree programs play a key part in providing that access.
Colleges want to work with the province in shaping a new vision for
The colleges are concerned with the recommendation on college degrees.
Colleges deliver a wide range of important programs to help students
find meaningful careers, including our degree programs. We believe the
province needs to conduct a thorough assessment of postsecondary
education before it takes any action.
Colleges work collaboratively to achieve efficiencies in a wide range of
areas, from energy conservation to the use of a centralized service for
processing student applications. The colleges want to work with the
province to explore further efficiencies in areas such as
apprenticeship and training.
"Ontario's colleges have a record of innovation and fiscal
responsibility," said Linda Franklin, president and CEO of Colleges
Ontario. "We will respond to the report in greater detail and will work
with the government of Ontario on the agenda of enhancing quality and
access while increasing efficiencies and, in the next five years,
achieving the province's target of eliminating the deficit."
SOURCE Colleges Ontario
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