Ontario higher ed minister clarifies differentiation process

January 7, 2014

The Ontario government’s current differentiation process for PSE institutions is not an exercise in budget cuts, says the province’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Brad Duguid in response to a recent Windsor Star article. The article in question suggests Ontario’s plan raises concerns that programs will be eliminated. Duguid writes that “the differentiation framework does not put our colleges and universities into rigid categories, nor does it advantage or disadvantage any particular program area of study.” Duguid explains that having institutions work with the province in identifying their areas of strength, “we can continue to move toward a system where institutions work together as complementary parts of the province's PSE system and avoid unnecessary duplication.” Universities and colleges submitted revised Strategic Mandate Agreements to the ministry on December 20. Windsor Star (letter) | Windsor Star (original article)