ERIC Number: ED446477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb-16
Reference Count: N/A
Brief to the Ontario Legislature's Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs: 2000 Pre-Budget Consultations.
Council of Ontario Universities, Toronto.
In consideration of conclusions reached by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) in March 1999, the COU presents data in support of recommendations for the 2000 Ontario budget. Significant issues include the substantial increase in demand for university services, need for faculty recruitment, facilities improvement, and expanded research capabilities. The paper discusses student demand, expected to reach an additional 88,900 students by the year 2010. In addition, almost 11,000 new faculty will be needed over the next decade. According to analysis of research capacity, Canada lags behind its G7 counterparts in expenditure on research and development. Facilities renewal will comprise a substantial future expenditure. Quality, accountability, diversity of educational opportunity, and responsiveness to student and marketplace needs are highlighted. The brief outlines government actions indicated and the university system's commitment in attaining goals for the system. The report highlights Ontario universities' areas of innovation and responsiveness, economies and efficiencies, and commitment to accountability. Data indicating Ontario's expenditures on research and development, and future facilities costs, are presented, as well as a chart outlining four-year changes in support for higher education in Ontario as compared to other provinces and the United States. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Ontario Universities, Toronto.