Ontario’s universities are dramatically transforming the 33 communities in which they are rooted – socially, culturally and economically – and are opening the door to a wide range of community-based ...

Change Agent: Ontario Universities: Transforming Communities, Transforming Lives

Published: February 12, 2015

Ontario’s universities are dramatically transforming the 33 communities in which they are rooted – socially, culturally and economically – and are opening the door to a wide range of community-based learning opportunities for students. This report demonstrates the many ways universities, students, faculty and staff are improving their communities through partnerships that spark service learning or community-based opportunities that enrich the learning experience and also improve lives. It also touches on the economic impact of universities – locally, provincially and nationally – and the ways in which this is helping transform Ontario communities.

According to a recent report on faculty work, an average faculty member in Ontario devote about 20 per cent of their work hours to services, such as informing policy and using their skills and knowledge to enhance communities on local, national and global scales.

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