The College Sector Committee for Academic Upgrading (CSC) is the support organization which represents college Academic Upgrading Programs and staff at the provincial level. We monitor and support the needs of managers, faculty and support staff on the front lines in Ontario’s 24 Community Colleges and provide informed advice at the provincial level, both to Colleges Ontario and to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.
Giving every adult in Ontario the opportunity at a better life through upgrading their education and skills is at the core of everything we do at the College Sector Committee for Academic Upgrading. Incorporated in 2013, we have worked to provide professional resources, information, expertise and networking opportunities for all the dedicated people who are responsible for Literacy and Basic Skills and Academic Upgrading programming across Ontario’s 24 Community Colleges and online.
As part of our mandate, the CSC conducts research and produces reports on a variety of timely topics and issues related to the delivery, development and operation of academic upgrading programs in the Ontario college system.
Learners in Academic Upgrading programs are pursuing their dreams -- to improve their employment opportunities, to qualify for further training or education, or to improve their ability to function in society. To read some of their inspiring stories, please see our newsletter, College Matters.
The College Sector Committee for Academic Upgrading will assist the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and lead the Ontario College System in the creation of provincial resources, procedures and standards related to the development and delivery of relevant programs and/or services. The CSC is committed to providing leadership in promoting the continuous improvement of the delivery of upgrading programs to meet the needs of adult learners.
Colleges have been delivering academic preparation courses for adult students since 1964 when the Community College system was established. Since 2000, with the project funding available from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and the Federal Government, there has been an opportunity to conduct research around the factors which enhance the success of students who return to school. The focus of the research which the CSC has conducted has been on developing effective delivery strategies based on the profiles and goals of students who participate in college programs.
The CSC continues to collect data on the success of upgrading students who have moved on to post secondary programming. This data is published in an annual report -- Prepared for Success.