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This report brings to an end a series of consultations that began in March 2000 when Alberta's Minister of Learning established a committee to review the approach to allocating resources to publicly funded postsecondary institutions in Alberta, Canada. The Minister asked the committee, mostly composed of Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), to ensure that the funding mechanism maximized accessibility to high quality, responsive, and affordable learning opportunities while maintaining institutional accountability. The five-member committee consulted with postsecondary institutions, faculty, and student associations, government departments, and other stakeholders in order to make recommendations on a funding framework for Alberta's postsecondary institutions. The committee developed 10 recommendations: (1) base operations should be adjusted to achieve greater equity across the system; (2) a process should be established to provide for the periodic review of base operations grants; (3) general cost pressures should be considered in annual adjustments to the base operations grant; (4) a working group should be established to examine and make recommendations on improving the ability of Alberta's postsecondary institutions to attract and retain faculty; (5) the Access Fund should be modified to fund general as well as targeted enrollment increases; (6) allocations from the "Performance Envelope" should be based strictly on the achievement of excellence and improvements in performance; (7) the indirect costs of research should be funded; (8) funding processes among government departments should be coordinated and simplified when possible; (9) the tuition fee policy should be revised to ensure that it continues to support the goals of the postsecondary system; and (10) concerns with the approach toward funding apprenticeship and industry training should be further investigated. Six appendixes contain materials used by the Committee, including the consultation questions and tables of grants awarded postsecondary institutions. (SLD)

Descriptors: Access to Education, Accountability, Educational Finance, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Postsecondary Education, Public Colleges, Resource Allocation

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