Conestoga news

November 11, 2004 3:25 PM

Rae Post-Secondary Review Town Hall at Conestoga on November 25

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and the Ontario Government have appointed former Premier Bob Rae to head a commission and prepare a report concerning the future of higher education in Ontario.

During the consultation phase, the Rae Review is holding a series of 17 town hall meetings across the province, both to present information about the review and to hear ideas and suggestions from the public about what post-secondary education in Ontario should look like and accomplish in the 21st century.

There will be a town hall meeting on Thursday, November 25, from 7-9 p.m. at the Conestoga College Recreation Centre, located at the Doon campus in Kitchener. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

The Rae Review is examining a number of issues with regard to the province's colleges and universities: improving access and success for students; improving quality for individual institutions and the sector as a whole; improving system design to be more coherent and coordinated; better ways to help students and institutions pay for higher education; and ways to improve accountability and measure results in the post-secondary sector. The commission is also interested in hearing ways that post-secondary institutions can work more effectively with secondary schools, business and industry.

Bob Rae will preside at the November 25 town hall, and a number of members of the Rae Review panel will be present. The final report of the Rae Review is due at the end of January 2005.

For more information about the town hall meeting, the Rae Review process, the issues being considered and background/discussion material, go to