News Release Archive

  Legislation introduced today will help prepare Community
  College graduates for jobs by directly linking training to
  Nova Scotia's economic needs and opportunities, said
  Education and Culture Minister John MacEachern.  
  Specifically, the bill, entitled An Act respecting College
  de l'Acadie and the Nova Scotia Community College, creates a
  board of governors for both colleges to help them become
  more competitive, cut through bureaucratic red tape, and
  provide better quality training to support economic
  "The bottom line is, better training means graduates are
  more likely to find jobs," Mr. MacEachern said. 
  The boards of governors will link college expertise with the
  experience and needs of the people it serves -- students,
  employers and communities, he said. Each board will include
  students, college faculty and non-faculty employees. The
  remaining appointments, totalling between 10 and 15, will be
  directly linked to the colleges' priorities and direction.
  Mr. MacEachern said board governance is a logical and
  necessary step for the colleges. "We don't try to run our
  public schools or our universities from within government,
  and it's even more important that our Colleges respond
  quickly to economic potential. Otherwise, business will go
  To more rapidly respond to changing labour market needs,
  self-governance will enable the colleges to operate more
  like a business, the minister said.
  For example, the government hiring process often involves
  three departments, all with many other clients and competing
  priorities. The college boards will develop a policy that
  maintains fair hiring principles, but enables the colleges
  to hire more quickly.
  The colleges will continue to share accountability with the
  minister and government in areas of public interest.
  Specifically, the board is accountable for program quality,
  because the board links college faculty and staff with the
  people the programs are designed to serve. Under the
  legislation the minister is accountable for use of tax
  dollars, with responsibility for approving budgets and
  funding core programs. The minister is also accountable for
  accessibility, by being required to approve the college
  admission policy. Finally, tuition increases are only
  possible if recommended by the board and approved by
  Mr. MacEachern said the labour relations provisions in this
  bill are consistent with other government legislation.
  "Government has developed a consistent, reasoned approach to
  labour relations. We believe this approach treats employees
  fairly, by protecting collective agreements, salaries,
  benefits and other important employee rights."
  With these protections, faculty and staff will now be
  employed directly by the colleges instead of by government
  departments. As the colleges are post-secondary
  institutions, college faculty and staff will be covered
  under the Trade Union Act like faculty and staff at Nova
  Scotia universities.
  NOTE TO EDITORS: College de l'acadie should have an accent
  grave on the first E in College.
  Contact: Donna MacDonald  902-424-2615
           Len Canfield     902-424-2524
  trp                     Dec. 05, 1995