REGIONAL COLLEGE REVIEW 

Update

April 7, 2011 - Ministry of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Releases Final Report on Regional College Review

Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris has received the final report of the 2010 Regional College Review.

The Regional Colleges Act requires a review of the regional college system at least once every five years. Dr. Michael Atkinson, Executive Director and Professor of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy led the review. Click here for the Ministry of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration's news release.

Download the full report.

Download the appendix. 

NOTE: The following discrepencies have been identified in the print version, and have been corrected in the online version of Saskatchewan's Regional Colleges: Towards a New System.

  • In Figure 3.1: 2005-06 Regional College Aggregate Enrolment, the following percentages have been corrected - Skills Industry Credit (45%), Skills Non-Credit (26%), and ABE Non-Credit (5%).
  • In Table 3.1: 2010 Operating Expenses, the following dollar figures have been corrected - Great Plains College's Basic Education Credit ($693,987), Great Plains College's Basic Education Non-Credit ($357,308), and Southeast Regional College's Basic Education Credit ($1,026,283).
  • In Table 4.2: Aboriginal Participation Rates, the 2004-05 academic year and 2009-10 figures for Great Plains College and Southeast Regional College have been corrected.
  • In Table 4.3: ESL Enrolments 2005-2010, Great Plains College's 2006 enrolment has been corrected to state 49.

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The 2010 Regional Colleges Review Panel was appointed by the Honourable Rob Norris, Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration, to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the Regional College system in relation to its legislated mandate.  The Regional Colleges Act requires that a committee be appointed at least once every five years to review and report on the mandate of the regional colleges and any other matters concerning the Act.

There are seven regional colleges in Saskatchewan, which include: Carlton Trail, Cumberland, Great Plains, Northlands, North West, Parkland and Southeast Regional College. The regional college system is accessed by over 24,000 learners each year.

The review will assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the regional college system in relation to its legislated mandate, alignment with government objectives and priorities, as well as the colleges' planning and service delivery. Dr. Michael Atkinson, Executive Director and Professor of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, will lead the 2010 review of the regional college system. The committee's recommendations are intended to optimize the operation and funding of the regional colleges.

Mandate

Regional Colleges provide Saskatchewan people with enhanced opportunities for learning in their local community with seven colleges in over 40 locations. The regional colleges' mandate is to provide educations services and programs that fall within four broad areas: adult basic education, vocational/technical training, university courses and non-credit programming. The colleges provide a variety of career and student support services to assist students' successful program completion. Over the last decade the Saskatchewan regional college system has evolved with shifts in administrative autonomy, long-term planning, innovation, entrepreneurship and unwritten conventions affecting governance practice, institutional relationships and financial management.

As outlined in the Regional Colleges Act, the 2010 Regional College Review will analyze and report on the mandate of regional colleges with a focus on Section 5 of the Act including an evaluation of:

  1. university and technical institute courses provided by way of a contract between the college and a university or technical institute;
  2. training programs that prepare individuals for a career or provide education with respect to health or social issues;
  3. training programs paid wholly or partly by private businesses, non-profit groups or government agencies;
  4. career services; and,
  5. adult basic education, literacy and upgrading programs.

The new environment in which learning takes place requires a learner-centred system that is innovative, responsive to community needs, and enhances opportunities for students. The world of adult learning has changed significantly over the last decade with the learning society both fostered and facilitated by information communication technologies, globalization, internationalization and changes to post-secondary institutions. The 2010 Review will examine the regional college mandate in the context of the provincial learning system to determine how institutional, financial and reporting relationships have changed and if, and what barriers currently impede progress. 

Honourable Rob Norris, Minister of AEEI, in his mandate letter to Dr. Atkinson states the 2010 Regional College Review "will focus on the regional college system, more specifically, the effectiveness and efficiency of the system in relation to its legislated mandate and alignment with the government objectives, including the needs of Saskatchewan learners.  The review will assess regional colleges' effectiveness in meeting government objectives and priorities, assess regional colleges' efficiency in planning and service delivery, and will include recommendations on ways to optimize the operation and funding of the regional colleges." 

Progress Update

Since November 2010, the Regional College Review Panel has been meeting with Saskatchewan's regional colleges and regional college system. During the months of November and December the Chair visited each of the regional colleges (identified below) and scheduled public meetings with over 200 community members from various groups including business, industry, health, education and municipal government.

  • November 3 - Cumberland Regional College, Nipawin
  • November 10 - North West, North Battleford
  • November 17 - Parkland, Yorkton
  • November 23 - Carleton Trail, Humboldt
  • December 6 - Great Plains, Swift Current
  • December 8 & 9 - Northlands, LaRonge
  • December 13 - Lakeland Regional College, Lloydminster
  • January 7 - Southeast, Weyburn

In addition to meetings with the regional colleges and community members, the Regional College Review Panel has also met with or will be meeting with a number of informants and participants in the post-secondary system. These individuals include:

  • Terri Allard, Willadell Garreck, and Harvey King of the Distance Learning Division, University of Regina
  • John Biss, Independent Consultant
  • Joe Black, Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
  • Beverly Crossman, Association of Saskatchewan Regional Colleges
  • Netha Dyck, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology
  • Ray Fast, Independent Consultant
  • Robert McCulloch, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology
  • Randell Morris, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies
  • Dwayne Uglem, President of Briercrest College and Seminary
  • Brett Vandale and Geordy McCaffrey, Gabriel Dumont Institute
  • David Walls, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology
  • Shelley Whitehead, Public Service Commission, Special Advisor

Further consultations are being planned for February with individuals from the University of Saskatchewan, Alberta Advanced Education and Technology, and from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration.

Download the interim report.

Download the interview guide.

Contact Information

Regional College Review
Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy Outreach & Training
College Avenue Campus, Gallery Building, 2nd Floor
Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 0A2
Phone: (306) 585-5777