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Thursday, March 4, 2002
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Silly colleges, trying to be more like us

By Michelle Broersma
Gazette Staff

In response to a shortage of skilled workers, Ontario colleges have been given the green light to offer 12 new degree programs, which will result in more options for graduating high school students.

To help students learn applied skills for the new economy, nine colleges recently received approval for their plan to create an applied degree program that will earn students a degree rather than a diploma, explained Bruce Skeaff, senior media relations co-ordinator for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

The new programs, all four-years in length, will help students learn more applied skills to assist them in the workforce, Skeaff said. "Ontario has to have a skilled workforce in order to keep the economy going," he said.

The colleges will have entrance requirements similar to universities, but because OACs will soon be eliminated from the high school curriculum, students must have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma in order to apply.

Tuition fees will also be comparable to universities, but the college programs will offer students at least one paid work term, said Donald Baker, executive director of the secretariat for the Post-Secondary Education Quality Assessment Board, established to make recommendations to the ministry.

In December 2000, the Post-Secondary Education Choice and Education Act was proclaimed. This new legislation permits Ontario colleges to apply for consent to grant applied degrees on a program per program basis, with a maximum of 24 programs throughout Ontario, Baker said.

The newly approved programs are the first in a two-round pilot project, with a second round of applications to be received by May 6.

London's Fanshawe College is planning to apply for approval in the second round for an applied degree that would combine urban planning and graphic design.

"Students would take the expertise of the two into just one degree," said Howard Rundle, Fanshawe College president, adding the school would continue to offer two separate diplomas as well.

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