Ontario publishes responses to capacity expansion request

August 12, 2014

Ontario has made public 27 notices of intent submitted by municipalities, colleges, and universities in response to the province’s Major Capacity Expansion Policy Framework. Most were submitted by PSE institutions; however, the province also received one from the City of Niagara Falls. 7 of the proposals were submitted jointly between multiple institutions, and several institutions submitted multiple proposals. The scope of submissions varies: Western University, for instance, submitted a proposal to add a new “Student Experience Facility” that would house technology-enabled teaching and learning spaces, student entrepreneurship spaces, and student services spaces. A submission from Centennial College, former University of Guelph President Alastair Summerlee, and UoGuelph Provost Maureen Mancuso, however, ambitiously describes the creation of a new Brampton campus that would offer an interdisciplinary curriculum, a heavily integrated experiential learning component, and that would eliminate majors and minors. The Centennial proposal also says that costs would be limited through the use of “flexible staffing contracts” for faculty. Notices of Intent