Canada's Community Colleges: A Critical Analysis by John D. Dennison

By John D. Dennison

Community schools advanced in Canada through the "golden years" of academic innovation among 1960 and 1975. A range of things - ancient, socio-economic, political and academic - contributed to the improvement of school structures with special targets and constructions. This booklet is the 1st updated and accomplished learn of a powerful nationwide academic and social phenomenon, mostly unknown and principally unappreciated.

The authors describe provincial and territorial university structures as they've got advanced to 1985, discussing difficulties specific to every process and comparing the level to which regularly idealistic early ambitions were discovered. They establish key concerns that are severe to the way forward for those platforms and which, if neglected, will undermine group collage schooling throughout Canada. those contain accessibility, identification, family members with governments, administration and management, and assessment and responsibility. In each one case the authors draw upon their very own services and adventure to explain instructions for answer of those issues.

The booklet incorporates a finished and topical bibliography of either released and unpublished fabric relating to many facets of Canadian group university improvement. it is usually a French language bibliography.

Unique in lots of features, this e-book is designed to curiosity either graduate and undergraduate scholars in grownup and better schooling and management in addition to these at once excited about neighborhood faculties, govt schooling ministries and a large lay public.

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At a later session of the seminar, insights into government plans for the new institutions were provided by Norman Sisco, Director of the Applied Arts and Technology Branch of the Ministry of Education. Sisco underscored the vocational bias of the curriculum, the relationship to be developed by the colleges with business and industry, and the status of the colleges as unique educational institutions. In fact, it was the determination and aggressive leadership of Norman Sisco which kept the Ontario colleges on the firm path which had been set for them New Colleges across Canada 37 in their legislated mandate.

60 The appointed chairman was the Alphonse-Marie Parent, a Vice-Rector of Laval University. The eight other members included five francophones and three 40 CANADA'S COMMUNITY COLLEGES anglophones. Two members, Gerald Filion and Paul Larocque, were not educators, the first being a Director of "Le Devoir" but a former school trustee, the second in private industry. It is interesting to note that the government, perhaps in reasonable anticipation of recommendations which would radically alter the status quo and even the role of the church in education, chose a widely respected man of religion to fill the chair.

In 1959, a Royal Commission on Education in Alberta chaired by Senator Donald Cameron11 restated the need to decentralize non-university education throughout the province. The commission's report made a clear distinction between junior colleges and public community colleges and argued that non-university education should be the prime role of Alberta public community colleges. Several Alberta communities, attracted by the prestige associated with universities, took the initiative to establish colleges which would be predominantly university-transfer institutions.

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