Report recommends major changes to BC college system

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Report recommends major changes to BC college system



[url= college officials expressed anger Thursday at a post-secondary report prepared for the B.C. government that recommended colleges be stripped of degree-granting powers.[/url]


The B.C. government earlier this week released a post-secondary report -- Campus 2020: Thinking Ahead -- by former attorney-general Geoff Plant recommending the province "restore the primary focus of community colleges by precluding colleges from granting degrees."

Plant also recommended that "university colleges" be converted to regional universities and that any community colleges wishing to offer degrees do so under the auspices of a regional or provincial university.

"This change is essential from a quality and a transparency perspective," he said.

University colleges offer a wider range of degree programs, including master's degrees, while community colleges offer applied or employment-oriented degrees.

Plant said students should be allowed to finish the programs in which they are enrolled, and that regional universities should assume existing community college degree programs.

He also urged the creation of five regional learning councils composed of college, university, private degree-granting institutions, and superintendents of boards of education to coordinate programs.

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[ 27 April 2007: Message edited by: obscurantist ]

Steppenwolf Allende

Great! Let's do everything we can to make education that much less accessible to that many more people.

This BC Liar regime is pushing everything in a direction that in order to access any public service (that is those they don't covertly sell off to their elite corporate backers) you either need to be rich, well-connected or perform some special favour to a senior Liberals.

The government is obviously considering using the coercive capitalistic practice of demand vs. supply in order to push people to pay more for education.

If this scam goes ahead, it will mean the only accredited educational institutions for degrees will be the three universities, creating a greater demand by forcing people to go there.

This way tuition there can be raised, while funding for community colleges can be cut.

Hurry up 2009!


The writing is on the wall for commodities based capitalism. Parasitic capitalists are wanting our democratically-elected governments to hack them off pieces of world-wide services for: education, daycare and health care. Globally, spending on these public services is worth over $6 trillion dollars today. Like rats leaving a sinking ship. Socialism is the future.


social democracy and socialism are the future


[url= request reveals that BCIT paid former president $400,000 in severance[/url]


Tony Knowles, the former president of the British Columbia Institute of Technology, was paid a severance of $397,568 when he resigned last May, ending a stormy term.

The settlement also released and indemnified Dr. Knowles from any legal action arising from his BCIT employment, and, in turn, he gave the same release to BCIT.

Details of his settlement were obtained through a freedom-of-information request after BCIT refused to release it. ...

During his term, the amount BCIT spent on legal fees climbed from a low of $278,176 in 2000-01, his first year in office, to $979,495 in 2006-07, - a grand total of $4.38-million. The forestry industry also deplored BCIT's termination of its forestry program.

A report on BCIT from summer, 2006, by external consultant Mel Weinstein said, "There have been precipitous departures over the past few years, primarily of managers: There is a climate of uncertainty, especially among associate deans."

Staffers' estimates of the numbers of senior managers who left BCIT in those years varies from 40 to 70. BCIT records say that there were 38 severance agreements made from April, 2001, to March, 2006. ...

The Globe and Mail also obtained an internal BCIT employee opinion survey of 145 people completed in April, 2007.

In a chapter on BCIT's "culture," 48 respondents voiced pride and happiness in their jobs, while "30 comments talked about high levels of workload and the accompanying effects, e.g., burnout and stress; 24 comments expressed concern regarding the termination of employees, usually managers, with little understanding by others for the rationale. A further 20 comments described an environment characterized by mistrust of management, fear of penalty for unsuccessful innovation, and safety though silence."


The whole reason for making colleges into degree-granting institutions was to take some of the pressure off universities which were dealing with rising enrollment during a time when tuition was frozen. 'Course, I can imagine the money-grubbing little bastards who award themselves 20% salary increases at the same time as tuition goes up 20% would want to find a way to force students to pay more for a degree, even if they don't plan on using the international recognition that a Bachelor's degree from a well-known university confers.