Recent results ranking Ontario’s 24 community colleges reveal that Cambrian continues to deliver above-average satisfaction ratings in categories that are most important to employers and graduates.
The results come from a provincial survey administered to students in the fall of 2012 and winter of 2013; and to 2011-2012 graduates and their employers. The Key Performance Indicators survey revealed that Cambrian was ranked among the top three colleges in Ontario, with an overall graduate satisfaction rating of 85 percent. An impressive 94 percent of Cambrian graduates said that they would recommend the College and 93.3 percent of employers who hired Cambrian graduates reported that they were “very satisfied or satisfied” with their hires.
“These enthusiastic endorsements by students, recent graduates and their employers demonstrate that at Cambrian, we’re doing our job well, and in fact better than many of our sister colleges in the province,” said President Sylvia Barnard. “We’re also proud to say that our graduate employment rate of 87 percent is above the provincial average of 83 percent. That means that we’re offering the right program mix and relevant curriculum, and that our graduates have the knowledge, personal skills and professional experience necessary to find jobs after they graduate.”
Cambrian scored above the provincial average across the three indexes that are linked to provincial funding; graduate satisfaction rate, graduate employment rate, and employer satisfaction. Its graduation rates were above the provincial average in five out of six categories.
The results were discussed at the College’s Board of Governors’ meeting on April 25. At that meeting, the Board also passed a balanced 2013-2014 budget. President Barnard said she was pleased that the Board approved the budget, which anticipates a 3 percent increase in enrolment for September 2013, bringing Cambrian’s projected population of full-time students to 4,118.
“It’s truly satisfying to present a balanced budget to our Board, which puts the College in a strong position moving forward,” said President Barnard. “In an era of decreasing government subsidies and fiscal restraint, Cambrian continues to attract and retain increasing numbers of students through innovative approaches to program delivery, student services and facility renewal. Our high-quality programs and flexible learning options meet or exceed the evolving expectations of students, graduates, and employers. Cambrian is truly emerging as a 21st century college.”
To read the full results of the Ontario Colleges Key Performance Indicators Survey, visithttp://www.collegesontario.org/outcomes/key-performance-indicators/2013_KPI_English.pdf
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