College of the North Atlantic today released its review and plan for modernization entitled CNA Modernization Plan 2019. The plan provides a reflective look at college operations over the past several years and provides direction for the institution.
“This review gives us an outline for the future and presents us with an opportunity,” said Ms. Elizabeth Kidd, Interim President and CEO of College of the North Atlantic. “It takes a critical look at the institution and provides a report card of what we are doing well and where we need to improve and strengthen.”
The CNA Modernization Plan 2019 presents the findings of a review, outlines actions already taken to respond immediately to some of the findings, and presents next steps to achieve longer-term results towards a modernized college system by 2019.
In addition to identifying financial deficiencies and academic planning shortfalls, the plan also shows the importance of modernizing the college in keeping with trends across the country where emphasis has shifted from traditional programming. Across the country, colleges now also serve as incubators of entrepreneurial activity; centres of applied research innovation; and generators of significant income. These findings confirm the need for a more comprehensive examination and action plan for the institution.
As part of the identification and review process the college has already implemented a number of initiatives, including a zero-based budgeting process for 2017-2018, which enabled a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The college also made improvements to discretionary spending; has identified areas for revenue generation; and enhanced its professional development opportunities for staff and faculty members.
The college review, announced by the provincial government in Budget 2016, had a mandate to review CNA to ensure the college is best meeting the needs of students, and that its course offerings are optimized and responsive to shifting labour demands.
“In order to fix a problem, first you identify its root causes, then you develop a solution,” said the Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour. “CNA’s leadership has done this in great detail and I applaud their candor and honesty in providing this frank examination as well as outlining a clear plan for modernization.”
Next steps outlined in CNA Modernization Plan 2019 include the development of an information technology strategy; human resource planning; collaborating with the provincial government to address infrastructure challenges; strengthening academic planning; and centralizing enrollment management and admissions processes.
“In a short time, we have made significant progress to our financial health, viability and sustainability,” said Ms. Kidd. “We will continue to build on this momentum to address further opportunities to ensure that College of the North Atlantic maximizes its opportunities to offer labour market relevant programming to meet regional, provincial, national and international marketplaces. When we reach 2019 and submit our final progress report, we will have a chance to reflect on how far we have come.”
To view a copy of CNA Modernization Plan 2019 visit, http://www.cna.nl.ca/about/pdfs/irp/Modernization-Plan-2019.pdf
In Budget 2016, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador directed College of the North Atlantic to undertake an uncompromising review of the state of the college and report on its current status, critical issues, and future opportunities. The CNA executive has engaged its senior staff and worked with the provincial government to complete a review of the college’s financial, academic, and general operations. The report, CNA Modernization Plan 2019, presents the findings of the review, outlines actions already taken to respond immediately to some of these findings, and presents the college’s next steps towards achieving a modernized college system by 2019.
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