University Campus in Upstate New York
With Ontario facing large budget deficits for the foreseeable future, there is fertile ground for cost cutting in its bloated university system. A few years ago, the Liberal government decided Ontario’s Colleges of Education were producing too many graduates. Rather than cut the enrolment directly, they did so in a way to increase overall costs (for students as well as the taxpayer). The one-year Bachelor of Education was expanded to two years.
Given that teachers were trained over two short summer sessions in the 1960s, when there was a shortage of them, it beggars belief that a two year program is necessary. It was a policy, cynically designed to preserve jobs at Colleges of Education in Ontario.
Read – University Reform: Long Overdue