TORONTO, July 18, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario Undergraduate Student
Alliance (OUSA) announces the release of Educated Reform: striving for higher quality education at Ontario
universities. The document, released today, presents OUSA's position on a range of
topics related to delivering high quality education within the Ontario
post-secondary education sector.
Educated Reform explores strategies that government can employ to improve the quality of
education being offered in Ontario universities with little or no
additional cost. The document recommends the implementation of Ontario
teaching chairs & teaching-focused faculty, experiential education,
improved credit transfer and online learning. It also provides
commentary on performance funding, differentiation, satellite campuses,
teaching-only universities, three-year degrees and summer terms.
The document will form the basis of OUSA's contribution to the productivity and
innovation consultations being held by the Ministry of Training,
Colleges & Universities this summer. Rylan Kinnon, OUSA Executive
Director explained, "Educated Reform provides OUSA's initial research
and recommendations based on the questions in the Ministry's discussion
paper." Adding "OUSA looks forward to discussing our recommendations
and research with the Ministry and other sector stakeholders in the
roundtable discussions throughout the summer." OUSA intends to release
another document in the fall following the consultations that will
respond to what we heard and learned during the consultations.
Educated Reform emphasizes that post-secondary education requires more
funding from the government, but also that efficiencies can be found
that will enable quality improvements with existing funding. Alysha Li,
President of OUSA stated "in the face of fiscal uncertainty, we
encourage the government and universities to make better use of current
funding," adding "Educated Reform is a call to the entire sector to better leverage the funds we do have."
Educated Reform can be accessed by visiting http://www.ousa.ca.
OUSA represents the interests of over 150,000 professional and
undergraduate, full- and part-time university students at nine member
associations across Ontario.
SOURCE Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
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