Ontario College and University Strategic Mandate Agreements
Government must play a more active, assertive and purposeful role to drive system-level planning and change, according to an Expert Panel convened by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) that reviewed Strategic Mandate Agreement submissions from Ontario’s 44 public colleges and universities. The Panel’s report, Quality: Shifting the Focus: A Report from the Expert Panel to Assess the Strategic Mandate Agreement Submissions resulted from one of a series of initiatives by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to strengthen Ontario’s public postsecondary sector. MTCU launched the process to establish Strategic Mandate Agreements (SMA) with each of the postsecondary institutions “that will strongly inform future decisions, including allocation decisions and program approvals.”As part of that process, MTCU requested that HEQCO establish a peer review panel to evaluate the SMAs in terms of their “ability to achieve significant improvements in productivity, quality and affordability through both innovation and differentiation.” The SMA exercise was intended to address at least three desired outcomes:
“Given the multiple objectives and the time and other constraints inherent in this exercise,” says the report, “the Panel believes that its greatest value added is to extract recurring and dominant themes from the SMAs and to provide commentary and advice to government based on these themes to advance the government’s thinking, directions and actions.” The following is a summary of recommendations from the Panel:
As part of that process, MTCU has requested that the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) establish a peer review panel to evaluate the mandate submissions in terms of their “ability to achieve significant improvements in productivity, quality and affordability through both innovation and differentiation.” The panel members are:
Leslie Church, Global Communications and Public Affairs, Google CanadaJohn Davies, President Emeritus, Humber CollegeRichard DiCerni, Former Deputy Minister, Industry CanadaCindy Hazell, Former VP Academic, Seneca CollegeChaviva Hosek, Former President, Canadian Institute for Advanced ResearchGilles Patry, President & CEO, Canada Foundation for InnovationRichard Rhoda, Executive Director, Tennessee Higher Education CommissionMichael Stevenson, President Emeritus, Simon Fraser UniversityDavid Trick, President, David Trick & AssociatesDavid Turpin, President, University of Victoria
The peer review panel will identify those colleges and universities “whose submissions demonstrate the greatest ability to serve as lead institutions…those that provide the most compelling and promising visions, mandate statements and plans that advance government policies, objectives and goals…The lead institutions selected through this exercise would be the first to receive funding to pursue their mandates starting as early as 2013-14.”
Below are links to the mandate submissions posted on institutional websites. (*Indicates that link to mandate submission has not been received by HEQCO.)
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