HEQCO is an agency of the Government of Ontario that brings evidence-based research to the continued improvement of the postsecondary education system in Ontario. As part of its mandate, HEQCO evaluates the postsecondary sector and provides policy recommendations to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development to enhance the access, quality and accountability of Ontario’s colleges and universities.
A policy framework, consisting of a number of documents, sets out the roles and responsibilities of colleges in more detail than in the Act and regulation. This binding policy directive applies to all colleges of applied arts and technology and defines expectations for all programs of instruction offered by colleges regardless of the funding source, except for ministry-funded apprenticeship training.
Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology throughout Ontario deliver a wide range of postsecondary programs designed to provide graduates with the entry-level skills they will need to become successfully employed in various vocational fields. Employers, industry and professional associations and program graduates currently working in the field are all involved in the development and review processes, as are representatives of the colleges themselves. (Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities)
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