ERIC Number: ED452904
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Ontario's Colleges: Leaders in Applied Learning. Presentation to Investing in Students Task Force.
Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario, North York.
This paper provides an overview of Ontario's colleges of applied arts and technology as leaders in applied learning, accessibility, training, quality and innovation, affordability and accountability. Highlights of the diversity of college activities and innovations are included but do not reflect a comprehensive picture of colleges' initiatives. Colleges serve 200 communities in Ontario providing various educational activities to meet the local needs. Postsecondary enrollment has increased by 35% since 1990. In addition to full-time postsecondary programs, colleges also provide many program options for adult learners. Partnerships between colleges, colleges and the private sector and colleges and government have become increasingly important for institutions, employers, and students to maintain a current and skilled workforce. For example, Access to Opportunities Program, a government initiative requiring partnerships, was created to respond to the shortage of skilled high-tech professionals in Ontario. The paper concludes by describing the initiatives the Association of College of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario (ACAATO) will be undertaking in response to the invitation of the Investing in Students Task Force. Appendices detailing learner profiles, samples of college partnerships and centers of excellence and the projected operating grant shortfall to 2010 are included. (JA)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario, North York.