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ERIC Number: ED475983
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Pages: 17
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Ontario Community Colleges and Change: Is There an Essence That Has Remained Constant? Does It Matter?
Skolnik, Michael L.
This address, given at the Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario (ACAATO) Conference in February 2002, focuses on the identity of the Ontario Community Colleges and if that identity has changed over time. The author concludes that community orientation has never been part of the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) identity in the way that it has been for American colleges, and that teaching has continued to be the core element of the Ontario colleges. In contrast, the author reports that significant change has occurred with respect to open-door access. In the sense that a place can be found somewhere in the system for most people who want to attend an Ontario college, open door access could be said to have persisted. Yet, the increase in selectivity for many programs and colleges reflects quite a different situation than originally envisaged. There is some disagreement as to how central open access was to the identity of the Ontario colleges originally. In the author's view, the most central aim of the CAATs is to prepare people for work in the middle segment of the occupational structure. (CB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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