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Drummond report highlights importance of PSE

[Don Drummond, fellow in the Queen's School of Policy Studies]Don Drummond, the Matthews Fellow on Global Public Policy in the School of Policy Studies, recently headed the Commission on the Reform of Ontario's Public Services.

In his report to the government on public service reform, Queen’s School of Policy Studies fellow Don Drummond underscores the value and impact of Ontario’s universities and colleges on provincial growth and competitiveness.

Mr. Drummond headed the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services that makes seven main recommendations regarding post-secondary education:

• Contain government funding and institutional expenses
• Use differentiation to improve post-secondary quality and achieve financial sustainability
• Encourage and reward quality
• Revise research funding structures
• Maintain the current overall cap on tuition-fee increases but simplify the framework
• Re-evaluate student financial assistance
• Generate cost efficiencies through measures such as integrating administrative and back-office functions.

“Mr. Drummond’s analysis and recommendations are most welcome. Queen’s has already been working to find efficiencies and we will continue to focus our resources on the student experience, inside and outside of the classroom,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “I am particularly pleased with the report’s emphasis on the need to encourage and reward quality. We look forward to engaging in discussions about the report and the recommendations with our peer institutions, the government and the campus community.”

Mr. Drummond is currently an adjunct professor and the Matthews Fellow on Global Public Policy in the School of Policy Studies. He’s also a Queen’s alumnus.

Read the report’s chapter on post-secondary education

Read Queen's Faculty of Health Sciences Dean Richard Reznick's response to healthcare recommendations

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