Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario releases new research paper on college-university collaboration in Ontario

    TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario
(HEQCO) today released a new research paper, Making College-University
Cooperation Work: Ontario in a National and International Context. Written by
Andrew Boggs and David Trick, this paper suggests that a new way of looking at
college-university cooperation is needed. Instead of asking: "why don't
institutions cooperate more?", we should ask: "of the various ways to satisfy
the demands of students, why do some institutions choose to partner with
others rather than to expand their own capacity?"
    "Examining the design of Ontario's postsecondary system is a key
component of HEQCO's mandate," said Dr. Ken Norrie, vice-president of research
for the Council. "Ontario's higher education system will play an important
role in positioning Ontario for economic recovery. College-university
collaboration is a potential tool in expanding student opportunities,
increasing access to higher education, and coping with enrolment demand. This
paper is a first step in understanding the various types of
inter-institutional cooperation and how the system might benefit from their
    Making College-University Cooperation Work finds that there are many
examples of successful and innovative institutional collaborations in Ontario.
There are some trends that can be discerned from existing arrangements. Much
of the success of these partnerships has depended on the partners' ability to
overcome significant hurdles and to develop and execute an agreed plan.
Government capital funding has provided an essential incentive in some cases.
Collaborations have several purposes: some are primarily intended to offer
opportunities for college students to complete a university degree, while the
primary purpose of others is to offer innovative programming or to improve
geographic access to university degrees.

    About the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario

    The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario is an arm's-length agency
of the Government of Ontario dedicated to ensuring the continued improvement
of the postsecondary education system. The Council was created through the
Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario Act, 2005. It is mandated to
conduct research, evaluate the postsecondary education system, and provide
policy recommendations to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
with a view to enhance the quality, access, and accountability of Ontario's
higher education system.

For further information:

For further information: Ainsley Matthews, Events and Communications
Coordinator, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, (416) 212-5248,
amatthews@heqco.ca, www.heqco.ca

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