ERIC Number: ED444680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Reference Count: N/A
Ontario's Colleges for the 21st Century: Capacity and Charter Framework.
Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario, North York.
This paper reflects the results of the consultative and research activities of a joint Charter Working Group drafting on a new charter for Ontario, Canada colleges. The purpose of the Capacity and Charter Project, initiated by the Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology's General Assembly, is to develop a new charter framework to ensure that colleges can continue to be leaders in economic development and prepare qualified graduates. The charter framework includes the following elements: a new charter that commits to opportunity for access, describes the broad college mandate and imbeds system-wide elements and institutional differentiation; increased board authority within a broad accountability framework; a commitment by government to progressive and adequate funding; and establishment of colleges' right to grant applied degrees. There is strong support for one charter that articulates common system-wide elements with flexibility for institutional differentiation incorporated into the legislation. Several principles emerged from the feedback from colleges and stakeholders: access, funding, accountability, board authority, and institutional flexibility and credentials. These principles guided the development of the charter framework, as well as identifying areas which require further work. The paper also describes postsecondary reform in four other jurisdictions and the resulting structures established to support the changes. Appendices of sample legislation with college mandate, consultative activities by college boards for the charter project, and Ontario legislation/regulations relating to colleges. (JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario, North York.