Joint Submission to the Legislative Assembly of BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services – Supports for Student Success (October 2016)
British Columbia’s 25 public post-secondary institutions are represented here today by Lane Trotter, President of Langara College, Alan Davis, President of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and Jamie Cassels, President of the University of Victoria.
This joint submission to the Select Standing Committee reflects the high degree of collaboration among the three provincial post-secondary associations which include colleges, institutes, teaching universities, and research universities. In addition to this joint submission, individual post-secondary institutions may provide, or may have already provided, submissions related to their mandate and region.
A hallmark of the BC system is the ability of students to move seamlessly between different types of post-secondary institutions through program partnerships and transfer credit pathways. It allows us to work toward a common purpose in providing high quality post-secondary education for our students.
The presidents would like to speak about issues that are central to the success of young British Columbians who access post-secondary education in the province.
BC’s post-secondary institutions are committed to high quality education and are aligned with the Province’s objectives for job creation and economic growth as reflected in the BC Jobs Plan, Balanced Budget 2016 and the #BCTECH Strategy. The public post-secondary system serves approximately 300,000 full and part-time students a year, with total annual revenue of $5.5 billion, of which $1.9 billion is provided by the provincial government.