Eves government ensures students, schools ready for double cohort

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Eves government ensures students, schools ready for double cohort

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

TORONTO, Sept. 27 /CNW/ - The Ontario government's plan for the double cohort is on track and the postsecondary system will be ready to accept willing and qualified students next fall, Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities said today at the Ontario Universities Fair at the Metro Convention Centre.
"It is a top priority of our government to ensure that every student has access to the fullest range of high quality postsecondary education and training programs they need to reach their full potential," Cunningham said. "We have worked with the universities and colleges to ensure the system is ready for the double cohort students next September."
As part of the commitment to Ontario's secondary school students, the government has developed three new booklets to provide high school students with important facts about the options and opportunities available to them as they are planning for their futures

The "Setting Out" series includes:
- Setting Out: Choosing your course for life after high school describes
the diverse opportunities now available to today's students;
- Setting Out: Supporting your choice for postsecondary education answers
frequently asked questions about financial assistance for postsecondary
education; and
- Setting Out: The double cohort and you answers frequently asked
questions of students who are in the double cohort.

The first two booklets are available at the universities fair which runs September 27-29. The three booklets will be distributed to Ontario's public and private high schools, provincial schools, care and treatment centres, libraries, employment centres and all Government of Ontario information kiosks in stages during October. The information will also be available on the ministry website www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/welcome.html
"The 'Setting Out' series of booklets clearly explains exactly how our government is expanding opportunities for higher education and enhanced training, including ensuring that every willing and qualified student will continue to secure a space in a college or university," Cunningham said.

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For more information visit www.edu.gov.on.ca

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A PLACE FOR EVERY WILLING AND QUALIFIED STUDENT

The Ontario government has continued to meet its commitment that every willing and qualified student will have a place in a postsecondary education program. In today's constantly changing global marketplace, it's important that Ontario has the educated, skilled and flexible workforce it needs to attract jobs and investment.
Confirmed acceptances for Ontario secondary school students applying directly into university this year have more than kept pace with the increase in applications this year. The Ontario Universities' Application Centre has confirmed that acceptances for Ontario secondary school students applying directly into university this year increased by 16.3 per cent, which matches the 16.3 per cent increase in secondary school applicants.

A plan for postsecondary education

In 2002-03, operating grants to support postsecondary education will total $2.7 billion. Of this, universities receive $1.87 billion and colleges receive $788.4 million. As promised in its 2002 Budget, the government is providing $368 million in increased funding to colleges and universities by 2003-04. This will help postsecondary schools meet the growing demand for high quality postsecondary programs.
As well, the government is supporting the additional cost of providing services in the North, and in non-urban communities, by providing $10 million in additional operating funds to northern colleges and an additional $6 million to northern universities.

More funding for high demand programs

The government is providing an additional $10.6 million in ongoing grants to support the implementation of the Access to Opportunities Program, a program designed to increase the number of students enrolled in high demand computer and engineering programs.
The government is also providing an additional $18.2 million to support collaborative degree programs in nursing education.
In order to provide students attending colleges with better access to more up-to-date and relevant equipment and learning resources, the government is providing $10 million for the first year in a new multi-year College Equipment and Renewal Fund.

Rewarding and strengthening accountability

A portion of college and university operating grants will reward performance and strengthen accountability in postsecondary schools. In conjunction with colleges and universities, the government has established benchmarks for good performance. Institutions that meet or surpass the benchmarks will be eligible for enhanced grants under this performance-based funding.
Colleges that meet or surpass performance in three key areas: graduate employment, graduate satisfaction and employer satisfaction, will be eligible for a total of $16.4 million in performance-based operating grants.
A portion of universities' total operating grants will be based on each institution's performance in relation to three indicators: graduate employment after six months, graduate employment after two years and the university's graduation rate. Universities will be eligible for a total of $23.2 million in performance-based operating grants.

SuperBuild expansion investments

Right now, a $2.2 billion SuperBuild construction blitz is underway on postsecondary campuses to create 79,000 new student spaces provincewide. As announced in the 2002 Ontario budget, SuperBuild will work with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to invite a new round of postsecondary SuperBuild proposals. The government will be seeking the most cost-effective and creative financing proposals to increase the number of student spaces in the areas where they are needed.
Since SuperBuild was established in 1999, $337.5 million has been invested to update existing facilities to accommodate additional students. SuperBuild is the first phase of the government's plan to ensure that now, and in the future, every willing and qualified student will find a place in a college or university program.

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For more information visit www.edu.gov.on.ca
For further information: Media Contacts: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-2709; Dave Ross, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1625