HEQCO releases report exploring shifts in applied research activity in ON colleges


The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) has issued a report on how applied research activity at Ontario’s public colleges has shifted over time. HEQCO found a substantial increase in the amount of applied research activity since the introduction of bachelor’s degrees and applied research to the ON college sector. Full-time college faculty positions have also become more focused on complementary functions and less teaching intensive. Workload hours have stayed consistent throughout the shifts, but HEQCO says that these trends need further analysis because of the impact they could have on institutional cultures, faculty recruitment, retention strategies, and operating costs.