Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Canadian Federation of Students Speaks Out Against Differentiation

Speak out against Differentiation

Students are worried that the proposed system would force them to relocate more.

A report released by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) has some students throwing up warning flags.

The report, entitled The Benefits of Greater Differentiation of Ontario’s University Sector calls for a “differentiation” within Ontario’s universities, and would see them divided into academic silos based on programme choice, course offerings and research capacity.

“They use words like ‘differentiation’ and ‘streamlining,’ but really what they are talking about is cutting funding and limiting access to programmes throughout the province,” said Sandy Hudson, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario.

“The strength of Ontario’s education system is that no matter where you are in the province, you can get access to comprehensive programme offerings that open up academic options for everyone.”

Hudson added that the proposed system would force students to relocate more, and spend more to earn their desired degree, while limiting their opportunities when they graduate.

“The government can’t strive to turn some of Ontario’s universities into elite institutions without turning the rest into second-rate establishments,” said Hudson. “Creating different classes of universities would mean that students studying at a particular school could receive a degree that is less valuable and opens the door to fewer employment prospects after graduation.”

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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