ERIC Number: ED248801
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Continuity and Renewal: The Demands of Excellence. A Response to the Discussion Paper of The Commission on the Future Development of the Universities of Ontario.
Council of Ontario Universities, Toronto.
The nature and objectives of Ontario universities are summarized. Attention is directed to issues of quality, accessibility, adaptability, system balance, funding, and planning and coordination. It is claimed that the quality of undergraduate programs, including some professional programs, has substantially declined. Declining quality is evident in such areas as the universities' deteriorating physical plants, the student/faculty ratio, and the library collections. To promote access to education, enrollment planning must continue as a major priority. Financial constraints limit Ontario universities' adaptation to changing circumstances. Creation of an incentive fund could help in hiring new teachers and in enhancing adaptability to new discipline needs and new teaching modes, among other developments. While greater differentiation and coordination may enhance effectiveness, such measures cannot be expected to solve problems created by inadequate funding. Funding options are considered, along with advantages and disadvantages of eight options outlined by the Commission on the Future Development of the Universities of Ontario. Appendices provide information on graduate study, distance education, enrollment trends, faculty retirement, capital grants, and private financial support. (SW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Planning, College Role, Coordination, Distance Education, Educational Quality, Enrollment Trends, Financial Problems, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, Graduate Study, Grants, Higher Education, Planning Commissions, Retrenchment, Teacher Retirement
Council of Ontario Universities, 130 St. George Street, Suite 8039, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2T4, Canada.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Ontario Universities, Toronto.
Identifiers: Canada; Ontario