An old St. Clair program will be a brand-new one soon – bureaucratically speaking.
During its February 23rd meeting, the college's Board of Governors approved the administration's proposal to convert the existing International Business Management - Logistics Systems graduate certificate program into "funded" status.
If approval is given to that proposal by the provincial Ministry of Colleges and Universities, the college hopes to have the amended program in place by September of this year.
A report by Vice-President Academic Waseem Habash explained the background for what is really a bureaucratic change:
On October 23, 2018, the Board of Governors approved the delivery of the unfunded, two-year International Business Management - Logistics Systems graduate certificate program.
The program has been extremely successful in the international market serving the downtown Windsor campus, along with Ace Acumen's Toronto Campus (meaning that it has been extremely popular among international students.) This program affords the opportunity for the college to launch an intake every semester at both locations.
[Editor's Note: The Ace Acumen Academy in Toronto is a private-sector school providing secondary school education and English-language training to immigrants (chiefly from Asia). In 2014, it entered into a partnership with St. Clair, whereby grads of its language-training and secondary programs could enter into a half-dozen St. Clair programs - on-site in Toronto. St. Clair provides abundant academic oversight and its licensed curriculum to Acumen, and its grads ultimately receive St. Clair-authorized diplomas.]
Unfunded programs are approved by the Credential Validation Service (CVS), but do not receive funding support from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.
As a result, the current unfunded program limits access to domestic students (not many domestic students enrol in it), as the program is not considered OSAP eligible, nor contributes grant revenue (to the college) from the province. Thus, domestic student tuition must be set at the (considerably higher) international student level to compensate for the grant portion not being realized.
The college administration continually receives enquiries from domestic students regarding program admission. In order to allow a reduction in tuition for domestic students, the college would like to apply for program funding from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. Furthermore, if the college is able to receive ministry funding approval, this popular program may be deemed a "program of strength" under the current guidelines of the Strategic Mandate Agreement (the comprehensive financial and operational pact between individual colleges and the ministry). This performance measure will directly impact annual grant funding over the next few years as the province strives to modify annual grant revenue allocations.
It is anticipated that the number of domestic students (who will choose to enrol in the program) will be relatively low in comparison to international student demand; therefore, no additional course sections will be required for academic delivery. Program costing will remain the same as domestic student enrolment is absorbed into the current academic delivery. Program revenue will increase slightly due to the inclusion of domestic students.
Read about the college’s still remarkably strong enrolment growth: http://stclair-src.org/news/need-know-news/enrolment-growth-continues-midst-pandemic
Read about the college’s ongoing efforts to find out if you’re satisfied: http://stclair-src.org/news/need-know-news/student-satisfaction-still-topic-study
Read about the college’s enhanced expertise with on-line education and services: http://stclair-src.org/news/need-know-news/board-briefs-line-experience
Read about the college’s recent beautification efforts: http://stclair-src.org/news/need-know-news/beauty-eye-campus-beholder