Post-secondary education in British Columbia has undergone some very significant changes over the past 5 years. When I returned to BC just over five years ago, the post-secondary system was primarily broken down into three basic segments: universities (there were five), university-colleges (which were kinda new even then) and colleges, and the private, career-training institutes and colleges (there are hundreds of these).
This all changed a few years ago when out-going Premier Gordon Campbell announced that there would be five new universities, some of which learned about this when the announcement was made! There has also been growth in the private non-profit post-secondary world as well as growth in the private for-profit college world.
Some of this change might seem a little unsettling, and it certainly reflects some new ideas about what education is for. It’s about time we took a look at post-secondary education in BC.
“The Ministry of Advanced Education wants you to tell us what a high quality post-secondary education means to you and how will you know you have received one.”
Comments are being accepted until April 30, 2012, so get on it! Click on the link above to give your input, or click here.
I have one last comment. The very fact that this review is falling under the BC Jobs Plan should tell you what this government believes education is for. In the future, I predict that we will see a lot more focus on that most-American idea of outcomes where education becomes more about training for specific jobs than it is about the Liberal Arts.