Colleges and Modern Society Essay examples

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The importance and benefits of Post Secondary Education (PSE) cannot be disputed. Education opens the door to more employment opportunities and greater personal fulfilment for many people. An educated and skilled workforce supports and sustains the economy and benefits society as a whole. However, there is a growing crisis faced by colleges in the delivery of post secondary education (PSE) that simply cannot be ignored.
The original mandate of the Colleges, envisioned back in 1965 by then Minister of Education, Bill Davis, was the development of an institutional framework designed to bring education to the masses of people who were not university bound. This system would provide solid hands on educational experiences for a specific
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This does not bode well in terms of the retention rates for the Colleges as many students who experience a lack of program fit and career clarity, will opt to stop or drop out of PSE altogether. This further underscores the need for enhanced support services to assist those students who would greatly benefit from career and program guidance early in their academic career. Better academic advisement both pre and post admissions could result in higher retention rates for Colleges as well which would reduce the costs associated with losing students and having to recruit new ones in their place.
While the current provincial government is known for supporting and investing in Colleges, the recent Drummond report calls for radical changes in government funding that would result in an overall reduction in spending ‘Primary and secondary education budgets can rise only 1 per cent with colleges and universities going up 1.5 per cent and social programs just 0.5 per cent” (Benzie, 2012).
The current fiscal reality is indeed grim, not just in Ontario but in the world over as we know it. Government spending on education has been cut in many countries with the costs being offloaded on the backs of students by way of
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