Eves government gives students more choices, approves 22 new applied degree programs at colleges
TORONTO, Nov. 29 /CNW/ - The Ernie Eves government today approved 22 new applied degree programs to be offered at 16 Ontario colleges to ensure students have access to the high quality programs needed for today's workplace, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Dianne Cunningham said today.
"These colleges have demonstrated their ability to deliver new high quality programs to prepare students for highly skilled jobs in today's economy," said Cunningham. "Due to the overwhelming quality of the programs recommended by the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board, we have gone beyond our original plan for the pilot phase to approve a total of 34 new applied degree programs to provide students with a wider range of choices for postsecondary programs."
"Our board was presented with very strong programs that met our high standards and will do an excellent job of addressing the professional and occupational needs of Ontario's workplaces," said Dale Patterson, chair of the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB). "The keen interest in establishing applied degree programs shows that these degrees are filling a real need in Ontario's postsecondary education system."
Colleges may continue to submit proposals for applied degrees that respond to students and employers' needs for advanced training. New proposals for applied degree programs will be assessed by a panel of academic and professional experts under the same rigorous process established by the PEQAB for the pilot project. The board will consider these panel reports, along with the original application and other documentation, in making recommendations on the quality of new degree-level programs to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
"To be globally competitive, Ontario needs to be constantly reassessing the educational choices we provide to our students," said Cunningham. "Applied degree programs complement the existing diploma and certificate programs that continue to be highly valued by students and employers, and they are one way we can help students prepare for the new economy."
In March, Cunningham announced the approval of 12 pilot applied degree programs during the first round of the pilot program. The first of these programs took in students starting in September 2002 and the remaining new programs are expected to accept students for fall 2003.
The applications and board recommendations for the applied degree pilots can be viewed at the PEQAB website: http://peqab.edu.gov.on.ca.
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
November 29, 2002
NEW APPLIED DEGREE PROGRAMS AT ONTARIO COLLEGES
The proclamation of the Post-secondary Education Choice and Excellence Act, 2000, enabled the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to authorize a college of applied arts and technology to offer applied degree programs. The Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB) was established for the purpose of assessing proposed applied degree programs and other matters referred to it by the Minister.
In the second round of a two-round pilot project, 30 proposals were received from Ontario colleges. Each program was assessed by a panel of academic and professional experts appointed by PEQAB in accordance with criteria and procedures that it has developed through extensive consultations.
Following the successful pilot project, colleges will be allowed to apply for applied degrees through the PEQAB process.
Colleges that apply to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer an applied degree will need to pay the application fee of $5,000 and the costs of the expert panel review which has ranged between $8,000 and $13,000 in past assessments. Proposals that were unsuccessful in the pilot project may be resubmitted without an application fee.
The following pilot projects have been given consent by the Minister:
Centennial College Bachelor of Applied Business (Integrated
Accounting and Information Technology
This program blends accounting, information technology and management education. Graduates will be able to perform computer-enabled accounting functions and apply sound management and accounting principles to planning, managing and controlling information technology projects. They should have the necessary skills and knowledge to fill jobs as accountants, systems and business analysts and managers.
Centennial College Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences
(Software Systems: Design, Development and
This program is designed to give students a proficiency in all aspects of software development including programming, systems analysis and design and databases. Students in this program acquire sophisticated skills in business and the management of software development projects. Graduates should have the skills to plan and manage the implementation of software solutions in order to meet the challenges of the information age.
Conestoga College Bachelor of Applied Technology (Advanced
Manufacturing Technologies - Wood and Composite
Students of this program will study wood and composite products from the focal point of manufacturing technologies, processes and management. Graduates of this program will be educated and trained specifically to supervise and manage product realization projects and associated facilities for the industry.
Conestoga College Bachelor of Applied Technology (Architecture -
Project Facilities Management)
This program will integrate the architectural design, maintenance and management of the built environment, which includes buildings and furnishings. It will provide a detailed study of the principles, methods and applications for technically and financially-sound decision making in the field. Job opportunities for graduates will range from working in an architectural or engineering organization to the major real estate management companies, industrial plants and corporations, management companies, furniture and building product enterprises and various levels of government.
La Cité Collègiale Le programme de Baccalauréat en technologie
(Bachelor of Applied Technology - Biotechnology)
This program will give students a theoretical and practical training in biotechnology. Areas of study will include molecular and cellular biology, instrumentation and bio-processes. Graduates should be prepared for employment in diverse areas of the growing field of biotechnology, such as environment, biopharmaceuticals, and agriculture.
Confederation College Bachelor of Applied Human Services (Indigenous
Leadership and Community Development)
This program is a joint initiative of Confederation College, Negahneewin College of Indigenous Studies, and the diverse communities of Northwestern Ontario. It is expected that graduates will gain a firm understanding of the environmental, cultural, socio-political, and economic factors that contribute to community development. The range of potential employment for graduates includes leadership opportunities in community-based organizations.
Fanshawe College Bachelor of Applied Arts (Integrated Land
Graduates of this program should have the skills of landscape design, urban and regional planning technology, and graphic presentation. It is expected that graduates will be equipped to find employment in public- and private-sector businesses engaged in landscape design, urban and regional planning, municipal-level engineering and architecture.
George Brown College Bachelor of Applied Technology (Construction and
Environment - Regulations and Compliance)
Construction and environmental law involves the interpretation and enforcement of the regulatory framework governing construction and environmental areas including: water quality, containment and clean-up of toxic spills, indoor air quality, new building codes, and site development and re-use. Graduates of this program should be qualified to practice in such areas as: engineering, environmental protection, waste management, building and construction, and health and safety.
Humber College Bachelor of Applied Business (Manufacturing
This program is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills to work in the areas of Project, Process, and Business Management. Typical positions for graduates could include manufacturing analyst, project manager, process coordinator/engineer, purchasing agent, production planner, materials coordinator/manager, and program manager.
Humber College Bachelor of Applied Technology (Industrial
The purpose of Industrial Design is to optimize the function, value and appearance of products and systems for the mutual benefit of both the user and manufacturer. Graduates should have gained the skills necessary to find employment as designers in corporate design offices, independent design consulting, government or as design entrepreneurs.
Lambton College Bachelor of Applied Technology (Environmental
Health and Safety)
This program is intended to train students to recognize, evaluate, manage, and control environmental factors that threaten the health and well being of the workforce, the public and the biosphere. Graduates of the program should be prepared for careers as environmental health and safety professionals.
Lambton College Bachelor of Applied Technology (Instrumentation
This program should give students engineering skills in the areas of instrumentation systems, control systems, analyzers, logic controllers, electrical systems, robotics, industrial computer networks, and relevant process calculations. Typical careers for graduates would include various types of technical specialists in this field, engineering careers, all with advancement potential to management.
Loyalist College Bachelor of Applied Arts (Human Services
The Bachelor of Applied Arts in Human Services Management is designed to prepare graduates to become innovative leaders in Canada's human services sector. Graduates should have the knowledge and skills needed to design, develop and lead effective and efficient programs and services to meet the rapidly evolving needs of this sector, which is closely tied to economic prosperity.
Mohawk College Bachelor of Applied Technology (Internet
This program will focus on the design, installation, management and maintenance of internet-based components and systems. Graduates should be equipped to find employment as technical specialists in the design, installation, management and maintenance of internet-based components and systems.
Mohawk College Bachelor of Applied Technology (Technology
Graduates will gain an understanding of operations and management from a scientific perspective, appreciation of their role in society and the ability to function effectively in the manufacturing sector. The program is intended to address the shortage of qualified first and second level supervisors in technology-driven industrial enterprises.
Niagara/Algonquin Bachelor of Applied Technology (Photonics)
This joint program will fill a clear gap in photonics education, aimed at producing highly qualified personnel required for Ontario to be competitive in this trillion dollar global industry. Graduates will be qualified to lead production teams or engage in research activities in the photonics industry.
Niagara/George Brown Bachelor of Applied Business (Hospitality
This program is intended to give graduates the knowledge and technical proficiency to plan and manage multi-faceted hospitality enterprises. Graduates should understand and be technically proficient in the major components of a hospitality business - its operational processes, financial, human resource, facilities, and risk management - and be able to integrate these components into diverse hospitality operations including culinary, accommodation, meeting and convention, sports, entertainment and gaming, and specialized and themed attractions.
Seneca College Bachelor of Applied Technology (Software
Graduates of this program will learn to work as part of a development team to meet today's software needs through a combination of technical knowledge, communication skills, and teamwork. It is expected they will enter the workforce with a thorough understanding of both the business and technical issues involved in modern software development.
Seneca College Bachelor of Applied Technology (Flight Program)
Graduates of this program will be trained to work as professional pilots or in government regulatory agencies, airport authorities, flight test and evaluation, aircraft manufacture and marketing, and the aviation insurance industry.
St. Clair College Bachelor of Applied Technology (Industrial
This program will help students acquire modern leadership practices appropriate for today's dynamic labour force. Graduates will be marketable in many sectors including: automotive, consumer goods, packaging and food processing.
St. Lawrence College Bachelor of Applied Technology
This program, which was developed with the guidance of an industry advisory committee, will provide students with a broad background in electronics, with a focus on microelectronics. It is expected that graduates will have the knowledge and skills to become an effective contributor in the microelectronics industry.
Sir Sandford Fleming Bachelor of Applied Technology (Environmental
College Assessment and Management)
This program will give students knowledge of the interdependencies between water, air and land and related environmental functions, impacts and stresses. It will also examine human impact on the environment and related social stresses. Graduates will find positions as environmental risk assessors and analysts, applied environmental scientists, resource managers and resource planners, as well as in more specialized roles.
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For more information visit www.edu.gov.on.ca
For further information: Andrew Bennett, Minister's Office, (416) 326-5748; Dale Patterson, PEQAB, (416) 230-9510; Don Baker, PEQAB, (416) 325-9058