Commission on Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick

Commission concludes consultation tour (07/05/01)

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May 1, 2007

SAINT JOHN (CNB) - The Commission on Post-Secondary Education will end its consultation tour throughout the province on Wednesday, May 2 in Miramichi.

"The input we received so far from our different stakeholders and the public has given us many interesting clues on how to improve the current post-secondary education system in the province," commissioner Jacques L'Écuyer said. "They presented us with very good ideas that will certainly be examined further."

Summary of public meetings as well as comments and close to 100 briefs sent to the commission are available on the commission's website.

"At the end of the consultation tour, our next step will be to look at all those ideas in order to make the best possible recommendations to the Government of New Brunswick," commissioner Rick Miner said. "All themes of the discussion paper have been discussed during our tour, as well as other important aspects of post-secondary education. For instance, student debt and the governance of colleges have systematically been mentioned on many occasions, and will certainly be part of our report."

Since the beginning of the consultation tour, the commission has had 49 stakeholder meetings. In addition, about 500 people attended public meetings, during which 76 individuals or groups chose to address the commission.

The final report of the commission is expected to be released at the end of the summer.

The Commission on Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick is mandated to look into all aspects of post-secondary education. It is an ideal forum to discuss ways to meet the challenges in this sector.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The Commission is in Saint John on May 1 at the Delta Brunswick Hotel, 39 King St., and in Miramichi on May 2 at the Rodd Miramichi River Hotel, 1809 Water St. Both public meetings are at 7 p.m. MEDIA CONTACT: Diane Gauthier, communications, Commission on Post-Secondary Education, 506-444-2082.

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