Colleges submit 23 proposals for proposed applied degree programs
TORONTO, Dec. 12 /CNW/ - The Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board is reviewing 23 proposals submitted by 16 colleges as part of the first round of a pilot project to establish applied degree programs.
In accord with the Post-secondary Education Choice and Excellence Act proclaimed this fall, the proposals were submitted to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and the Minister has referred the proposals to the Board for its review and recommendation.
The Board is responsible for assessing requests for ministerial consent under the Act, including consent to mount private degree-granting institutions and the applied degree programs in the pilot project.
The first application round for the applied degrees closed on December 3rd and will lead to up to 12 recommendations to the Minister. The Board anticipates making its recommendations on the first round in March 2002. The second round deadline is May 6th, with recommendations to the Minister anticipated for September 2002.
"The colleges have developed a broad spectrum of proposals for applied degrees that would offer students a wider range of choice to gain the skills they need in a rapidly evolving economy and society," Dale Patterson, chair of the Board, said. "The Board will assess the proposals in accord with criteria and procedures that it has developed through extensive consultations. The aim is to ensure that new degree programs meet or exceed Ontario's high standards in postsecondary education."
The proposed programs to be reviewed include e-business supply chain management, integrated advanced manufacturing technologies, integrated telecommunication and computer technologies, process automation, integrated environmental site remediation, hospitality operations, and financial services and paralegal studies.
"New programs at our community colleges will both expand choice for students and ensure that Ontario has the educated and skilled workers we need to support a growing economy for the 21st century," said Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. "The Board's recommendations on these proposals will help make our postsecondary system more responsive to the changing needs of students and working adults."
The applications can be viewed at the Board's website: www.peqab.edu.gov.on.ca.
For further information: Dale Patterson (416) 230-9510; Don Baker (416) 325-9058