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Tens of millions in grants targeted for needy students aren’t reaching them

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Tens of millions of dollars earmarked for Ontario’s most vulnerable students, who are poor or new to the country, are instead being used by school boards to cover other costs, the Auditor General of Ontario has found. That’s largely because of an outdated funding formula that leaves boards scrambling to cover shortfalls in areas such as special education and gives them huge discretion in whether they use grants the way they are intended

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Ontario Breaking Ground in Indigenous Postsecondary Education

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Ontario is taking a historic step in recognizing the unique role Indigenous Institutes have in the province’s postsecondary education system with the introduction of new legislation that, if passed, would transfer key functions and oversight to Indigenous people. The legislation, if passed, would recognize Indigenous Institutes as unique and complementary pillar of Ontario’s postsecondary education system… It is also another important step on the path to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

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Canada’s universities commit to diversity with plan to make demographic data public

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

The promise to address under-representation of some groups in areas where it may occur, whether it’s the lack of Indigenous students in professional faculties or women in leadership posts, comes as universities are discussing how to meet equity targets in the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program… schools have consistently failed to meet equity targets set by the program’s steering committee. Academics with disabilities are particularly poorly represented among CRC holders

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End unjust and ineffective practice of academic streaming

Friday, September 8th, 2017

For nearly a quarter century, this policy has done nothing to advance the academic prospects of Ontario students while doing a great deal to reinforce the educational disadvantages experienced by low-income and Black kids. It’s high time to end it… The education system should be a tool for redressing inequities, not compounding them.

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Even with new investments in affordability, Ontario remains most expensive province in which to pursue higher education

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Ontario remains the most expensive province in which to pursue post-secondary education, according to data released today by Statistics Canada. Average undergraduate tuition fees for the 2017-2018 academic year will be $8,454, up from $8,114 in the previous year… The current tuition fee framework will expire in 2019, and students are calling on the government to ensure that the next framework reverses this decade-long trend of rising costs for students and their families.

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Prevent mental-health care crises on campus

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

… demand for mental health services at Canadian post-secondary institutions has reached an all-time high. But schools don’t seem to be prepared to meet the growing need, a failure that can have grave consequences. While no university or college can meet the full spectrum of students’ mental health needs, schools can and must do more to improve existing supports.

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Financial information of universities and degree-granting colleges, 2015/2016

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Canada’s 150 public universities and degree-granting institutions spent $27.1 billion in 2015/2016, up from $26.8 billion in 2014/2015. Revenues fell from $28.4 billion in 2014/2015 to $27.2 billion in 2015/2016… The proportion of provincial funding decreased from 41.5% in 2010/2011 to 39.1% in 2015/2016… The proportion of revenues from tuition fees has grown from 21.5% in 2010/2011 to 27.9% in 2015/2016.

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Niagara school makes the grade for at-risk students trying to attend college, university

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Though the plan at first was to cater to low-income students only, that proved controversial so the focus became “first generation” students blazing post-secondary paths in their families… The school opened with just 124 students, and this fall will have 450 elementary and secondary students… the higher-level academic is the only offering and, in Grade 11, college and university-level classes… All grads are getting a small bursary and laptop as graduation presents, thanks to community sponsorships.

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It is time to merge Ontario’s public and Catholic school systems

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Quebec and Newfoundland put an end to their publicly funded denominational school systems… At a time of extremely tight education funding, the added costs due to duplication of services, extra busing, etc., is nothing short of an obscenity… Merging two (actually four) overlapping school systems in each municipality would produce huge savings in transportation, administration, maintenance and capital costs. It would also allow children of all different faiths to learn and play together and make it easier to maintain a school in every community.

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Schools must become ‘hub’ of mental health support, says OISE’s Dr. Katreena Scott

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Kids who experience adversities in childhood such as abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic violence or having a parent with mental health issues are most likely to have problems. Those children who have experienced many of such adversities are: 4.4 times as likely to report two or more weeks of depression in the past year; 12.2 times as likely to have ever attempted suicide; 10.3 times as likely to have ever injected drugs; 7.4 times as likely to consider self an alcoholic

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