A report by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) suggests that Ontario’s public colleges and universities should teach to their strengths to increase the quality of Ontario’s education.
For many years, Ontario’s private career colleges have been doing just that. There are many PCCs that stick to one area or even one course – teaching what they know best and giving students high quality education.
“Students would see higher quality education in Ontario,” said Harvey Weingarten, CEO of HEQCO and author of the report.
“For learners, greater differentiation of Ontario’s university sector offers clearer choices from a larger number of higher quality programs, clarifies the institutions that best serve their career and personal aspirations, and facilitates mobility and transitions between institutions in Ontario’s postsecondary system,” the report said.
The report states that the benefits of differentiation are for the students, the government and the individual institutions, “Differentiation promotes institutional quality and system competitiveness by enabling each postsecondary institution to grow preferentially in those areas where it already excels, or aspires to excel.”
The report also suggests that the newly focused institutions would offer higher quality programs and these programs would mean “that the credentials students receive upon graduation are more highly valued.”
Approximately 30% of Ontario’s private career college students have previously attended a post secondary institution, many find the need for hands on learning a driving force toward attending a PCC.