U of G Welcomes Discussion on Differentiation

October 27, 2010 - Campus Bulletin

President Alastair Summerlee is joining the Council of Ontario Universities in welcoming discussion about the evolution of universities after the recent release of a paper on the differentiation in the university sector from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.

The report, “The Benefits of Greater Differentiation of Ontario’s University Sector ,” recommends universities set measureable goals based on their strengths, and the provincial government should base new funding on whether those goals are met as a way to improve access, quality and international competitiveness while ensuring a system that is both sustainable and accountable.

“Faculty, staff, students and alumni often comment on Guelph’s many unique attributes,” says Summerlee, adding that just this week, students gave U of G top marks in several key areas including student satisfaction and
quality of education as part of the Globe and Mail’s annual University Report Card.

“As a university, we are dedicated toward promoting and building on these positive attributes because they are what help us stand out,” Summerlee says. “ With the launch of the BetterPlanet Project, we have clearly defined Guelph as an institution with strengths in food, animal and human health, environment and communities — and these strengths have been our focus for close to 150 years.”

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