July 16, 2012
The Ontario government recently released a discussion paper called Strengthening Ontario's Centres of Creativity, Innovation and Knowledge, which highlights the government’s vision and priorities for the post secondary education (PSE) sector, including putting students first; meeting the needs of the creative economy; and focusing on productivity, innovation and sustainability.
Over the next few months, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) is hosting a series of consultation sessions related to issues raised in the paper. Specific groups will have opportunities to participate in the consultations, but the university is also interested in hearing from the general community. The university will be launching a website in conjunction with these sessions which they hope will effectively engage the Queen’s community in a broader consultation process.
“Queen’s will be represented at the consultations, but we want to hear from our students, faculty, staff and alumni about what they think,” says Alan Harrison, Vice-Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic).
The new Queen’s website is looking for input on eight discussion questions posed by the paper, which is aimed at helping re-shape the future of PSE in Ontario. Four of the eight topics covered by the questions are subjects for discussion at the consultation sessions. These include quality teaching and learning outcomes; experiential learning; technology-enabled learning; and expanded credential options and supplements.
The MTCU is simultaneously asking all colleges and universities in Ontario to develop a proposed mandate statement highlighting their key strengths and their top three institutional priorities by September 30, 2012. The statements will also include each university’s vision.A separate communication will provide a link to the new Queen’s website and the eight questions for feedback.