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How Fanshawe's KPI results stack up

Ivana Pelisek | Interrobang | News | April 20th, 2009



A post-secondary education is what continues to keep students thriving, according to Ontario-wide college student survey.

The new provincial Key Performance Indicators (KPI) report stated Fanshawe College holds an 88.9 per cent graduate rate in the labour force for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Bernice Hull, Vice President of Administration at Fanshawe College is “very pleased with the results of the KPI report.”

“Fanshawe College demonstrates commitment to its students and to the community,” she said.

A 93.3 per cent employer satisfaction rate proved to be among many important factors for present graduates in their chosen areas of work.

According to Sally Ritchie, a Senior Communications Officer for Colleges Ontario.

Employees in Ontario today must be ready to meet the challenges of rapidly changing technology and new innovations in every sector.

It is estimated by Ontario Colleges that new graduates can have 10 to 14 different jobs by age 38, which means those college grads must have the ability to adapt quickly and succeed in new work environments.

“This means greater numbers of people will need a higher education…Human Resources and Skills Development Canada estimates at least 70 per cent of new jobs in the years ahead will require applicants to have some postsecondary education. Currently, only 53 per cent of working-age Canadians has postsecondary qualifications,” Ritchie added.

Hull agreed that during the current economic down fall, upgrading one's skills is crucial for future success.

“A lot of students may want to invest in a post-secondary education,” said Hull, who added that colleges provide their students with a tool kit so upon graduation they are better equipped to handle competition.

Colleges gear their students toward a step in the right direction to meet mandatory goals once in the work force.

“We believe colleges work with industry and business to determine and respond to labor market needs. Therefore, a college education provides experience and hands-on training to create innovative, skilled, workforce-ready graduates,” Ritchie said.

Fanshawe College presently has six strategic initiatives in place so next year's KPI report will indicate even higher percentages than previous years combined.

Hull said the college demonstrates leadership in all areas for student success but also added the college has “plans to improve in all directions.”

The six strategic initiatives for Fanshawe College include

- To pursue excellence in learning, teaching and in service

- To encourage and enhance student success

- To engage in applied research and scholarly activity

- Foster a workplace where employees are proud to contribute and grow

- Engage the support of community partners and patrons

- Support strategic growth in current and new markets, both domestic and international

The provincial KPI data has been gathered since 1998 by two independent research firms for colleges and for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The data for the 2008 results was collected from students, graduates and employers in February 2009.

The KPI results can be viewed at the following links: www.fanshawec.ca/EN/kpi or at www.collegesontario.org.
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