Minister John Milloy recently spoke to a large crowd at the Canadian Club, highlighting the results and successes of the Reaching Higher plan and the future of Ontario's post-secondary education system. To view Minister Milloy's speech from January 2010, please visit the Canadian Club website.
The Reaching Higher Plan, a $6.2-billion investment in higher education, has made postsecondary education more accessible and affordable to more students. The plan also has helped to improve the quality and accountability of Ontario's postsecondary education system.
Investments made in Ontario's colleges and universities are helping to ensure more students can acquire the knowledge, skills and training they need to succeed in the 21st century.
Reaching Higher is getting results:
More students in colleges and universities
Our first priority with Reaching Higher was to increase access to postsecondary education - and our investments are paying off:
More financial support for students
Part of the Reaching Higher plan to improve access to postsecondary education included new investments for student assistance. This funding has ensured students have the resources they need to benefit from postsecondary studies without accumulating unmanageable debt.
According to a recent report by the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, Ontario is now providing record levels of non-repayable assistance, and Ontario institutions were found to be more generous than other Canadian institutions in providing need-based aid. This was attributed to Ontario government policies and investments in institutional aid.
Results from investments in student assistance show:
Helping more Aboriginal, francophone, first generation students and students with disabilities attend and succeed at college and university
The Gathering Place at Fanshawe College provides First Nations students with the tools and support they need to succeed.
The University Experience Program at Queen's offers prospective first generation students a chance to discover what university could be like.
At Confederation College, one small word has made a huge difference: respect. The Respect Campaign promotes diversity and tolerance to create a positive learning environment that fosters student success.
Brock University's First Generation Program includes workshops, one-on-one consultations and a student drop-in centre to help first generation students make the transition to university.
At Conestoga, the Postsecondary Accommodation Supports and Services program helps students with learning disabilities learn study skills and communications strategies to help them succeed.
At Cambrian College's orientation program for students with disabilities, students learn how to use assistive technologies and apply strategies for successfully managing their learning challenges.
Training more doctors and nurses
Through Reaching Higher, Ontario is creating a stronger health care system by:
Students are more satisfied
Students' experiences at college and university are more rewarding thanks to Reaching Higher investments that have increased the quality of their learning experiences and improved overall satisfaction:
Higher graduation rates, more success
The quality of students' learning experiences has improved, leading to higher rates of student success at colleges and universities:
And graduates are getting good jobs quickly, demonstrating that students are gaining the right skills and knowledge through their postsecondary education:
More graduate spaces
Reaching Higher investments in graduate education are helping to develop the top talent needed to conduct cutting-edge research and translate innovative ideas into solutions.
Reaching Higher helped Contact North and the elearnnetwork expand distance education programs so Ontarians could access postsecondary education no matter where they lived. People living in Northern, rural and remote communities can access postsecondary courses and programs using audio-conference, videoconference and e-learning technologies.
Contact North maintains Access Centres in over 90 small and remote communities across Northern Ontario, including more than 20 centres in First Nations communities. Approximately 5,500 registered learners used Contact North in 2009-10.
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elearnnetwork has expanded from five to 17 elearning centres to serve almost 1,000 clients. Visit elearnnetwork for success stories.