|2002/03 Annual Service
Ministry of Advanced Education
is my pleasure to present, on behalf of the Ministry of Advanced
Education, an overview of achievements in 2002/03 and ongoing work.
This is the first full Service Plan Report required under the Budget
Transparency and Accountability Act. It describes progress on the
commitments made in the 2002/03 – 2004/05 Service Plan.
Over the past year the Ministry of Advanced Education consulted
widely with students, educators and industry representatives on
how to implement a number of necessary changes that were identified
in the Core Services Review of 2001/02. These changes will create
more choice for students, more accountability to taxpayers, better
alignment of costs and benefits, better links to the public interest
and the economy, and more coherence and integration in the public
post-secondary education system. Implementing these changes will
help realize our vision of a province where all British Columbians
have access to the best possible, technologically advanced, integrated
and accountable post-secondary education system. To date, a number
of these changes have been fully implemented; others will be implemented
over the coming months and years.
The role of the Ministry of Advanced Education is to provide leadership
and support for a top-notch advanced education and training system
for British Columbia post-secondary students. We will continue to
work with our partners in the system to make sure post-secondary
education meets the needs of students, fulfils its potential, is
managed efficiently, and produces value for the taxpayer dollars
invested in it.
I am very proud of the Ministry's accomplishments over the past
year. I would like to thank all Ministry staff and the management
team, headed by Gerry Armstrong, Deputy Minister, for their commitment,
dedication and hard work.
Honourable Shirley Bond
Minister of Advanced Education