From Parent to Demers: A Short History of Government Reports and their Effects on the College Network
Are the various reports commissioned by the Department of Education over time merely gathering dust, or have they taken effect by being incorporated, in one form or another, into “educational policy”? In this article, the author shows that the many proposals and official texts stemming from public consultations have not simply been shelved—on the contrary, they have almost systematically resulted in amendments to the regulations governing college activities, especially the General and Vocational Colleges Act and the College Education Regulations. He also describes the many government reports dealing with Quebec colleges, and evaluates their influence on developments in the network’s legislative framework. Given the existence of a multitude of local, national, and international factors that have influenced the decisions of Quebec’s successive ministers of education, such documents can be considered as only one of the explanations for the changes made. However, an examination of these reports is still necessary to understanding trends in the debates in the college network and demonstrating the importance of participation in all previous consultations.
Article available in French only.
The Centre de documentation collégiale (CDC) offers an extensive collection of documents on college-level education and on education in general, produced by professionals in leading facilities and organizations.