CFS responds to ON funding model report with hope, concern

December 15, 2015

The recommendations outlined in Ontario’s recent “Focus on Outcomes, Centre on Students” report offers reasons for both hope and concerns, according to a press release from the Canadian Federation of Students. “While some of these recommendations are aligned with student concerns and priorities,” the response says, “some of them open doors towards policies that could sacrifice quality, access and affordability for political expediency.” The response highlights the “performance-based funding” model mentioned in the ON report as one potential site of conflict with student needs, citing studies that have allegedly “shown it to produce the opposite: encouraging poor behaviour such as arbitrarily raising admissions standards and increasing short-term certificate programs to inflate graduation rates.” CFS