The President's Blog

Transformational change: more questions than answers

January 9th, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan’s recent announcement to move to a single provincial health authority has renewed and magnified the concern over the meaning of “transformational change” for the post-secondary sector and the College system in this province.

The uncertainty created by a void of information is certainly trying for those who want to know what our future might look like. In our interactions with government and Ministry officials, we have stressed the need for communication and transparency to ease some of the concern. To date, we have not received any indication of the process used to consider transformational change in the College system and certainly have not been made aware of any impending change.

Certainly, the College system is a smaller player in the overall provincial scheme, compared to health care and pre-K-to-12 education. But that does not justify keeping us in waiting. When accurate information is lacking, speculation tends to run rampant. We need an update! We have been waiting since the budget’s release in June for some type of indication about where transformational change will take the College system. It is time to start the discussion. A significant amount of work will happen over the next few months as we prepare for the development of our multi-year business plans. If we are planning for a different future, it would certainly be advantageous to know so we do not spend significant time and resources planning for a much different reality than we might encounter.

Transformational change has the potential to positively impact the College system. However, further delay in exploring the possibilities and engaging in meaningful discussion to shape our future direction has the potential to breed discontent. We cannot let the process overshadow the end result.  If we are going to embark on the journey of transformational change, it is time to take the first step.

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