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Canadore preparing for the next phase of differentiation

Friday, December 20, 2013   by: Kate Adams

Canadore College

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This week, Canadore College submitted a revised strategic mandate agreement (SMA) to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

Late in November, the MTCU requested that each of Ontario’s 24 public colleges submit an updated version of their SMA following the most recent round table discussions by December 20.

“This is the next phase of determining a differentiated framework for our college,” said Canadore President George Burton.

“These agreements may change how the system can meaningfully partner with employers and government to provide a skilled and knowledgeable workforce as required by the 21st century.”

The original SMA process began with the previous MTCU administration in June 2012.

Over the past year and a half, the College consulted with various government officials and stakeholders to prepare for the submission.

As a result, Canadore has provided a proposal that would maintain offering a full-range of learner-focused credentials to train graduates to compete and succeed in a global marketplace.

According to Burton, the adoption of differentiated mandates could have the biggest transformation on the system since it was founded over 45 years ago.

“If we are serious about meeting the needs of today’s economy, we have to be creative, innovative and flexible,” said Burton.

“We can’t just be an educational organization, we have to be an economic driver in our communities. And for the good of our students and graduates, we also have to work hard to develop pathways that recognize previous learning.”

The MTCU is projected to review all of the colleges’ submissions over the holiday season with the province’s special advisor. Canadore is hopeful to receive positive feedback early in the New Year.

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