ERIC Number: ED460716
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Leading Economic Development across Ontario: Achievements and Opportunities.
Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario, North York.
This paper has been developed by the Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario (ACAATO) to advance a strong college system that will continue to contribute to economic development in Ontario. Each year the colleges provide accessible quality career education and training in English and French to over one million adults. The paper first outlines the collective achievements of Ontario's community colleges, including: (1) 85% employment rates for graduates, with many programs reaching 100%; (2) business and education partnerships respected in over 200 Ontario communities and 74 countries around the world; (3) over 600,000 graduates since 1968; (4) program quality guaranteed through provincial program standards; (5) a student body representing over 50 cultures, 55% of whom receive financial aid and 10% of whom are qualified for special needs assistance; and (6) 33% more students served with 40% less government funding since 1990. The paper proceeds to provide a rationale for the investment and policy changes necessary for the colleges to continue to succeed in the 21st Century. Opportunities to enhance economic and social development include: strategic investment in physical infrastructure/learning technology, a fixed share funding formula, new enterprise models, the approval of applied degrees, and an improved human resource management model. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario, North York.