Jan. 19, 2007
BATHURST (CNB) - Premier Shawn Graham today fulfilled another government commitment with the launch of the Commission on Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick.
"Establishing the Commission on Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick is one of the key priorities outlined in the Charter for Change within our vision to build the best education system in the country," Graham said. "New Brunswick faces a variety of challenges in the area of post-secondary education. This commission will be an ideal forum to discuss ways to meet those challenges and identify solutions."
The premier also announced that Rick Miner and Jacques L'Écuyer will serve as commissioners and will report to the premier and to the Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour.
"I am especially pleased that two distinguished individuals in the field will co-chair the process with the goal of improving the future of post-secondary education in our province," Graham said. "An educated workforce will be vital in putting our province on the road to self-sufficiency."
The premier added that both individuals have impressive resumes. L'Écuyer has several years of experience in the post-secondary education field as president of the Commission d'évaluation de l'enseignement collegial for the Government of Quebec, vice president of the Université du Quebec, and president of the Council of Universities for the Quebec government. He has also had tenures as a professor at the University of Montreal and at Laval University.
Rick Miner is currently the President of Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. He has also held the positions of Vice-President, University of New Brunswick (Saint John) and several positions at Saint Mary's University including Director of Canada/China Language and Cultural Program, Dean of Commerce, M.B.A. Director, and Chairperson of Business Administration.
The premier also provided details on the commission's mandate, which will be student-focused and will help guide the Province's overall direction with respect to New Brunswick's post-secondary sector. It will examine a broad spectrum of post-secondary institutions and focus on many themes including: accessibility, relevancy, quality, competitiveness, collaboration, and affordability.
"This announcement is another example of how we are demonstrating our commitment to improve post-secondary education for New Brunswickers," Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Ed Doherty said. "I am pleased that the commission is student-focused and has a mandate to examine the entire sector including universities, community colleges, private institutions, adult learning, online institutions and apprenticeships."
The commission will operate in close collaboration with officials from the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour and will take on several tasks, including:
The commission will conclude by developing a final report for submission to the provincial government during the summer of 2007 that includes advice and recommendations for the future direction of the post-secondary education and training sector.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Communications, Office of the Premier, 506-453-2144; Shawn Hearn, communications, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-2568.