ERIC Number: ED471355
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec-12
Reference Count: N/A
Building Ontario: Ontario Colleges' Contribution and Investment. Revised. Briefing Note.
Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario, Toronto.
This paper addresses the issue of educational budgets for Ontario's Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (Canada). Colleges have supported a 35% increase in enrollment, with a 40% decrease in funding, over the last ten years, while operating costs have increased. In addition, Ontario eliminated the secondary school Ontario Academic Courses (OACs), which often kept high school students in secondary school for an extra year. The first wave of students who are exempted from the OACs are expected to graduate in 2003, the same year as the last class that is not exempted. This class (the double cohort) will create a temporary enrollment increase, which will increase the budgetary demands on Ontario's colleges. Enrollment will also rise due to increased population and participation. This paper argues that Ontario's postsecondary sector is the lowest funded in North America. Total additional employees required as a result of increased enrollment is estimated at 7,114, including faculty, administration, and staff. The colleges also aim to facilitate economic development, to improve the current 91% graduate employment rate, and to develop new programs that are responsive to local, regional, and provincial needs. The paper provides a rationale for a $65 million Innovation Fund, and a $60 million Skills Fund. (NB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Budgeting, Budgets, Community Colleges, Distance Education, Educational Finance, Employment, Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Resource Allocation, Technology, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.acaato.on.ca/new/.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada