March 18, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A progress report on Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick was provided today by Premier Shawn Graham and Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault.
Nearly 75 per cent of the plan's 33 action items have been or are being addressed, and more than $275 million for capital improvements and post-secondary initiatives has been committed.
"Almost two years ago our government announced a comprehensive action plan to improve post-secondary education, and we are pleased to be providing an update on our progress," said Graham. "Our priority is to create the best possible opportunities for New Brunswickers to learn, and from the actions we have taken to date it is clear that we are building a more student-focused, affordable and accessible system that will provide more New Brunswickers with the skills and training they need to be well-employed here in the province, and assist us in our journey toward self-sufficiency."
Launched in June 2008, the plan was moulded by considerable research and consultation over a two-year period. It provided a road map for producing a more vibrant model, and committed to transforming the post-secondary education system during a five-year period.
"I am pleased that so many of the priority items in the post-secondary action plan have been addressed in this short period," said Arseneault. "I am especially proud that we have made significant progress in reducing the costs for our students while transforming many facets of our post-secondary education system."
Initiatives for making post-secondary education more affordable and accessible; the community colleges' movement toward two autonomous agencies; investments in post-secondary education infrastructure; and transforming apprenticeship and strategies for a more collaborative and efficient system were among the highlights.
More details on the progress report, and on Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick, are available online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Lori-Jean Johnson, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-2039.