Fundamental Changes to Advanced Education

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Columbia College Foundation Documents

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Characteristics of Successful Students

Introduction The following list outlines some of the characteristics of individuals who attend Columbia College and become successful students.

Characteristics of More Successful Students Learners that have a more clear occupational or career goal Learners that prefer to complete an educational program more quickly (accelerated education) Learners who are more motivated to learn and who . . . → Read More: Characteristics of Successful Students

Determining the Support Needs of Individuals in our Society

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Towards a Dynamic Student-Centered Institution

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High School Students by Groupings

Introduction The following headings relate to the specific groupings of high school students that Columbia College is currently structured to serve from an academic perspective.

Students With Special Needs

Students who are moderately mentally challenged (55 to 70 IQ). (Programs: Employment Services Program and Community Access Program)

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Comparing Admission and Graduation Requirements

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We Are One

No matter how we may have been brought up to see each other differently, we are all quite simply “human beings”.

Regardless of where we were born, the language we speak, or the color of our skin, we are all human beings.

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Steps in a SWOT

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Ground Rules for Interacting with Others

Ground Rules for Interacting with Others Dr. J. T. (Tom) Snell

The following list of items was prepared to assist individuals in understanding the basic ground rules that all individuals should follow when learning or working with others in a group whether that be in a classroom, at work, or in the community. The group . . . → Read More: Ground Rules for Interacting with Others

Web Based Public Accountability

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Web Based Public Accountability Introduction

While some individuals feel that our government is doing a good job of providing services to the public, others contend that it can do an even better job at a lower cost.

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Balancing the Budget Through Cultural Innovation

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Balancing the Budget through Cultural Innovation What is our Government’s fiscal goal?

Goal: To move towards a balanced budget.

Historical Solutions Increase government revenue via tax increases. Reduce government spending via decreased services. Innovative Solution Reduce the cost of services while maintaining the volume and quality of services by creating a new . . . → Read More: Balancing the Budget Through Cultural Innovation

What Employers are Looking For

What Employers are Looking For

Being A Professional

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Being a Professional Dr. J. T. (Tom) Snell

Being a professional is much more than having a certain level of education or belonging to a professional body. In fact, most aspects of being a professional are not taught in college or university programs. Professionals are committed individuals found at all levels of . . . → Read More: Being A Professional

The Value of Work as it Relates to Education

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The Value of Work as it Relates to Education Dr. J.T. (Tom) Snell

Some individuals today question the value of either work or practica as an important element in a learner’s education. However, they should understand “all genuine education comes about through experience” (John Dewey, Experience and Education, 1938, pg.13).

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The Future Direction of Higher Education

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The Future Direction of Higher Education January 5, 2010 Prepared by Dr. J.T. (Tom) Snell Introduction

As labor costs continue to rise in the future, both advanced as well as developing nations will be challenged to develop an even more productive workforce. As competition continues to escalate, it will force companies to . . . → Read More: The Future Direction of Higher Education

The Future Direction of University and College Education in Canada

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THE FUTURE DIRECTION OF UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE EDUCATION IN CANADA Prepared by Dr. J.T. (Tom) Snell (Revised October 15, 2008)

 

 

Introduction

Since the inception of universities in North America nearly 400 years ago and colleges some sixty years ago, our post-secondary institutions have been given a significant amount of . . . → Read More: The Future Direction of University and College Education in Canada

Utilizing Social Impact Bonds to Help Innovate Government

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Utilizing Social Impact Bonds to Help Innovate Government

The term ‘Social Impact Bond’ was coined in 2007 by the Young Foundation in the U.K. They introduced the concept of adding additional financing from such sources as private investors, philanthropist organizations and the government itself to help solve social challenges . . . → Read More: Utilizing Social Impact Bonds to Help Innovate Government

Innovating Government

There are two basic types of organizations. There are those that are primarily profit-focused and there are those that are primarily customer-focused. According to this classification governments should be considered customer-focused organizations. However most governments are not as customer-focused as they should be and many tend to be less focused than some for-profit corporations….
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Reducing the Cost of Higher Education

The following list of items identifies some of the approaches to educational administration which enable an institution of higher education to reduce its costs of operation while maintaining educational quality…
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Measuring Quality Education

There are many methods of measuring quality in education. Some measurements may assess internal factors while others are measures of external factors. Taken together they can paint a picture of a program, department, institution, or educational system. The following report provides, where possible, a set of data that compares Columbia College professional programs with similar programs in public institutions in Alberta for the 2008/09 period…
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Comparative Costs of College/University in Alberta

During meetings with Mr. Bruce MacDonald from Alberta Advanced Education and Technology, he agreed that in 2007/2008 the cost to deliver one year of academic education at an Alberta university was approximately $24,000 per full-time student. While students paid a smaller portion of this amount via their tuition and fees (about 25%), most of this cost was paid via gifts, donations, and the bulk of it came from the Department of Advanced Education.
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Achieving Good Health

Our province’s health care budget has ballooned in recent years to become by far the largest budget in our government. As baby boomers age it will continue to grow at an accelerated rate.
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Selecting Organizations to Work With

GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA TWO DIFFERENT APPROACHES IN SELECTING ORGANIZATIONS TO WORK WITH
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ESL High School Learners are Dropping Out

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE HIGH SCHOOL LEARNERS ARE DROPPING OUT OF SCHOOL
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