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Strategic Mandate Agreements Highlight Strengths of Colleges, Universities

2014-08-11

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and the province of Ontario are moving forward with the transformation of its postsecondary education system by helping institutions build on their individual strengths, ensuring students continue to have access to innovative and affordable colleges and universities.

Strategic mandate agreements have been signed with all 45 publicly assisted colleges and universities, which will help guide future growth by encouraging more focus on unique strengths, while avoiding or limiting expansion in academic areas where programs already exist.

The agreements make sure institutions are connected to various levels of the economy -- from local to global -- so students can gain experience through opportunities such as co-op programs and applied research, helping them create new businesses or find highly skilled work that will benefit Ontario. For example, a school such as Western University serves thousands of students from across Canada and around the world with a full spectrum of undergraduate and graduate programs, while the Université de Hearst focuses on offering francophone students a unique learning environment in northeastern Ontario that supports local communities by encouraging students to study and live in the region after graduation. George Brown -- a college in downtown Toronto -- is a leader in identifying emerging needs in the economy and developing programs that prepare students for these in-demand jobs.

Strengthening Ontario's postsecondary education system is part of the government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts:

  • Strategic mandate agreements were negotiated with individual institutions based on Ontario's Differentiation Policy Framework for Postsecondary Education with the first cycle of agreements in effect from 2014-17.
  • Research shows a differentiated postsecondary education system supports greater quality, competitiveness, accountability and sustainability by allowing institutions to spend resources more efficiently, focusing on their areas of strength.
  • The province released its Major Capacity Expansion Policy Framework in December 2013 to guide the development of new or expanded campuses in underserved areas with a Sept. 26, 2014 deadline for publicly assisted universities and colleges of applied arts and technology to submit final submissions.
  • The province’s 30% Off Tuition Grant helped more than 230,000 students start college or university last year.
  • Full-time enrolment in Ontario’s postsecondary system has grown by more than 170,000 students since 2003 — more than in any comparable period in the province’s history.
  • Ontario has increased funding to postsecondary education by 83 per cent over the past 10 years.

“We are pleased to have a final Strategic Mandate Agreement with our ministry and look forward to supporting the fulfillment of this agreement in the coming years,” said Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO, St. Lawrence College. “St. Lawrence College is proud to be a vital part of our region’s economic strength and with this support from our ministry we will be able to continue to grow and meet the needs of our students.”

We invite you to review the St. Lawrence College Strategic Mandate Agreement at the following link:  http://www.stlawrencecollege.ca/about/college-reports-and-policies/strategic-mandate-agreement/

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