Colleges gaining “parity of esteem” with universities: Toronto Star

January 5, 2017

Ontario colleges represented a “a step towards democratization of higher education” when they were first created, writes Andrea Gordon for the Toronto Star, but “‘parity of esteem’ was a long time coming.” While colleges were once thought to be stepping stones to a university, Gordon reports that “the traffic is going both ways” today, with university graduates becoming the largest growing cohort in the college system and both types of institutions collaborating on an increasing number of transfer pathways and other programs. Gordon highlights the stories of an alumnus and current student at Centennial College to illustrate the immense changes that have occurred in colleges' programming and esteem since their creation. Toronto Star