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Waterloo Region Record - Colleges need autonomy to help drive economic growth
Waterloo Region Record - Colleges need autonomy to help drive economic growth
To help power the economy, the Ontario government should give colleges more autonomy over their programs and credentials, says John Tibbits, the president of Conestoga College and chair of Colleges Ontario. This would include the autonomy to create new three-year degree programs and master's degree programs in specialized fields.
Ontario urged to create new strategy to expand degree programs at colleges
Ontario urged to create new strategy to expand degree programs at colleges
Ontario’s colleges are calling for a new provincial strategy for post-secondary education that will expand the range of degree programs at colleges, including the creation of career-focused three-year degree programs and master’s programs in specialized fields.
Conestoga College president John Tibbits is new chair of Colleges Ontario
Conestoga College president John Tibbits is new chair of Colleges Ontario
Colleges Ontario is pleased to announce that John Tibbits, the president and CEO of Conestoga College, has started a two-year term as the new chair of Colleges Ontario, the association representing Ontario’s 24 public colleges.
The Future of Ontario's Workers
The Future of Ontario's Workers
The StrategyCorp Institute of Public Policy and Economy has released a white paper about Ontario's workforce that recommends measures to promote economic recovery. Its recommendations include a call for colleges to get more autonomy to work with employers to create new programs that fulfil local demand.
Colleges praise decision to allow more students to complete their programs
Colleges praise decision to allow more students to complete their programs
The Ontario government has announced that in-person education and training at colleges will resume in July on a limited basis. This ensures more students will complete their programs and acquire the expertise sought by employers.
Statement from Ontario's college presidents - fall programs
Statement from Ontario's college presidents - fall programs
Ontario’s colleges are getting ready for the fall semester. Colleges remain committed to providing safe environments for students and employees while ensuring learning continues.
Toronto Star - International students studying online will still qualify for Canadian work permits
Toronto Star - International students studying online will still qualify for Canadian work permits
Ottawa has confirmed that students outside the country who study Canadian post-secondary courses online can still qualify for a post-graduation permit to work in Canada.
Cancellation of the 2020 Higher Education Summit and Premier's Awards gala
Cancellation of the 2020 Higher Education Summit and Premier's Awards gala
(Toronto, May 12, 2020) – As colleges manage the wide-ranging and ongoing challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, Colleges Ontario has confirmed it has cancelled the Higher Education Summit and Premier’s Awards gala in 2020.
Colleges Ontario releases 2019-20 annual report
Colleges Ontario releases 2019-20 annual report
Colleges Ontario's 2019-20 annual report highlights many of the achievements from the past year and describes how the policy changes help ensure colleges will be at the forefront of Ontario's economic recovery efforts.
Ontario’s $25-million emergency investment in higher education promotes student success
Ontario’s $25-million emergency investment in higher education promotes student success
The Ontario government’s announcement of $25 million in emergency funding for post-secondary education is a major investment in student success as the province continues to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak.
Colleges adapting programs to provide continuity of learning in rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation
Colleges adapting programs to provide continuity of learning in rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation
Ontario’s colleges will be retooling their operations to establish alternate options for delivery of in-class programs and campus services.
In It Together 2020: Foundations for promoting mental wellness in campus communities
In It Together 2020: Foundations for promoting mental wellness in campus communities
The College Student Alliance and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance -- in collaboration with Colleges Ontario and the Council of Ontario Universities -- has released a report, "In It Together 2020," on mental health challenges facing today's post-secondary students. This updated version of a report first released in 2017 continues to call for a comprehensive strategy to improve services for students.