Thursday, May 4, 2023

Ontario's 24 colleges - Can now offer 3 year degrees

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Ontario’s 24 colleges offer 900 programs that provide students with the professional expertise that opens the door to rewarding careers in many of today’s most in-demand fields.

The Ontario government’s announcement that colleges can develop new three-year degree programs elevates Ontario’s post-secondary system on the world stage,” said Linda Franklin, the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. “It will open up a much greater range of career options for graduates and drive economic growth through a more highly qualified workforce.”

The minister announced colleges can begin developing new three-year degree programs alongside their diploma programs and can expand their range of career-focused four-year degree programs.

“Expanding the degree programs at colleges ensures more students will have access to high-quality, career-focused programs,” Minister Dunlop said. “More students will acquire the expertise and credentials to succeed in today’s job market.”

Currently, most of the programs offered at colleges are diploma programs. Prior to today’s announcement, colleges were only authorized to award degrees to graduates of their career-focused four-year programs.

The announcement today recognizes the success of the colleges’ degree programs and brings true equity to Ontario’s post-secondary system. It ensures every student whose education fulfils Ontario’s degree-level requirements is awarded a degree upon graduation.

Expanding the degree programs at colleges will fulfil the growing demand among employers for graduates with more highly specialized qualifications. This will be particularly important in sectors like the electric-vehicle industry that are advancing the transition to a cleaner economy.

This expansion of the colleges’ degree programs also opens the door to more career options for graduates, especially graduates who are looking to advance into management positions.

As well, this benefits companies that promote themselves and their workforce internationally, as most jurisdictions outside Ontario aren’t familiar with the diploma credential.

“The expansion of the degree programs at colleges will be a tremendous benefit to students, employers and the strength of our province,” Franklin said. “Minister Dunlop’s historic announcement today marks a major improvement to higher education in Ontario that will help power Ontario’s economic renewal.”

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

New college standards to strengthen programs for international students

New college standards to strengthen programs for international students

Ontario’s colleges have today released a new set of common sector-wide standards to strengthen the programs and supports for international students.

The standards build on existing programs and services and cover everything from the marketing of programs in other countries to targeted assistance to help students adapt to life in Ontario.

Twenty-three public colleges have signed on to begin the compliance process immediately. Each signatory college’s commitments include:

Ensuring the marketing of programs to international students is accurate and transparent.

Requiring international agents working for Ontario’s colleges to have completed a sector-endorsed agent training program.

Ensuring information on services, supports and facilities are provided to students before they arrive in Ontario and once they are in the province. This would include information on mental well-being, student housing and employment opportunities.

Providing targeted assistance to help international students adjust to a new environment.

Ontario's colleges have created a new set of common sector-wide standards to strengthen the programs and supports for international students.

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