McGuinty Recognizes Colleges' Need for Quality Improvements & Research Capabilities



    TORONTO, March 22 /CNW/ - Ontario's college and college/university
students will benefit from increased quality improvements and from capital
improvements in the coming year as the McGuinty government invests
$140 million into Ontario's college system, says the College Student Alliance
(CSA).
    "After 15 years of under-funding and seeing classrooms and buildings
crumbling at their feet, the McGuinty government is investing additional funds
to renew our learning institutions for the future," says Tyler Charlebois,
Director of Advocacy of the CSA.
    In its last budget before the October 10th election, the McGuinty
government has continued its investment in advancing Ontario's competitive
advantage and prosperity with additional funding to colleges, universities and
skills training. This budget includes an additional $390 million to support
quality improvements and infrastructure and equipment renewal and finally
recognizes the role colleges are playing in the advancement of applied
research and innovation.
    "We are pleased to see that both the federal and provincial governments
are now recognizing Ontario colleges' and polytechnics' contribution to
economic competitiveness through applied research and innovation," adds
Charlebois. "With roughly two per cent of college faculty and students engaged
in applied research, development and commercialization activities, this
recognition validates their work."
    With Monday's federal budget announcing increased funding for
postsecondary education in 2008-09, college and college/university students
will be looking to the government to expand the 'Reaching Higher' plan to
ensure that all qualified and willing Ontarians find their way into our
colleges and universities.

    The College Student Alliance (CSA) is an advocacy and services
organization that has been serving Ontario's college and college/university
students since 1967. The CSA currently represents 16 colleges and 22 member
councils with over 109,000 full-time students.




For further information:

For further information: Tyler Charlebois, Director of Advocacy, College
Student Alliance, T: (416) 340-1212, C: (416) 346-9951, E:
Charlebois@csaontario.org

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