Adult upgrading programs are transformational for many adult learners, providing them with the foundation and preparation for success in postsecondary education, employment, and apprenticeship. Through collaboration, advocacy, innovation and service delivery, the College Sector Committee for Adult Upgrading (CSCAU) supports the efforts of adult learners as they seek to achieve their goals.

The CSCAU represents and supports Ontario’s public colleges in their delivery of academic upgrading programs to adults, including the Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) grade 12 equivalent program. The CSCAU supports its members by sharing resources and innovative practices, as well as providing access to relevant and current information through collaboration, professional development and the CSCAU website. As a service provider, the CSCAU delivers ACE Distance, providing online ACE courses to students as an alternative to in-person, classroom-based ACE programming.

The CSCAU has strong, expert leadership and member engagement. Founded in 1985 and incorporated in 2013 as a not-for-profit organization, the CSCAU is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors and is led by an Executive Director. Its annual general meeting is held in June. The Executive Director collaborates with CSCAU members, government and other stakeholders to promote and support the important role of Ontario’s public colleges in the delivery of academic upgrading for adults. The CSCAU receives financial support for its activities and ACE Distance delivery from the government of Ontario.


The CSCAU provides leadership, advocacy and resources to our Ontario public colleges to support the delivery of outstanding academic upgrading programs and services.


The College Sector Committee for Adult Upgrading:

  • Values collaboration with our stakeholders
  • Fosters academic and organizational excellence
  • Respects the institutional autonomy of our members
  • Conducts business with responsiveness, respect and integrity
  • Encourages innovation in programs and services
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