Message from Dan Patterson: 2018-19 Budget invests in people, learning resources

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Thanks to the hard work of our entire Niagara College team, I’m happy to announce that our Board of Governors has approved our annual business plan, which includes a balanced budget for 2018-19, and investments in new full-time positions, learning resources and student supports.

2018-19 BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

  • Balanced budget for 2018-19
  • New full-time faculty and staff positions to support growth
  • Strategic investments in:
    • Learning resources
    • Mental health and student supports
    • Professional development for faculty and staff

NEXT STEPS

Identify specific opportunities for investment, guided by our priority of building and equipping our team to meet the evolving needs and expectations of our students.

We are growing. As is evident by the ongoing redevelopment projects at both campuses, we have been investing in the facilities and equipment we need to provide exceptional learning experiences for our students.

Over the past several years, we have seen significant growth in our international enrolment and operations. This growth brings unique challenges, both at home and abroad. Welcoming students who may be experiencing a new language, a new culture, a new way of thinking, not to mention making those adjustments ourselves, demands a great deal of cooperation and understanding.

We all share a desire to continue to provide high quality education and an unparalleled student experience within a college community that is becoming more diverse. It’s crucial that we get this right, and that means making important strategic investments in our people and in the resources and supports that we need to adapt and succeed.

Last year we experienced greater international enrolment increases than we had planned and it is only through the outstanding efforts of our faculty and staff that we were able to accommodate this unprecedented growth. This year’s balanced budget will allow us to grow our team through new full-time faculty and staff positions, and ensure we have the people and resources we need to serve the needs of all our students.

We’ll also invest in mental health and other much-needed supports for students, and strengthen our focus on professional development for our faculty and staff. We will do this while remaining competitive and fiscally responsible.

In the coming weeks we will identify specific opportunities for investment over the next year, guided by our priority of building and equipping our team to continue to meet the evolving needs and expectations of our students.

We all play a role in the continued growth and success of Niagara College. The energy, enthusiasm, and passion for student success that is the hallmark of the entire College team is one of our greatest assets. Whether it’s through special projects and events, through the exceptional day-to-day services you provide for our students, or simply through the NC stories you share with your family and friends, everything you do helps provide our students with the best experience possible.

Click here to view the approved 2018-19 Business Plan. Please do not hesitate to contact me or alternatively, your Vice President with any questions.

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