CNA responds to student, industry demand with changes to program offerings

5/7/2018 2:42:09 PM

STEPHENVILLE, NL – College of the North Atlantic (CNA) has completed its annual academic review of programs. In keeping with labour market demand and student demand, CNA is making changes to its 2018-2019 academic program offerings, which, in turn, will mean 14 full-time permanent faculty will be laid off, and six contractual faculty will not be renewed.
Decisions related to programs are the result of the college’s Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) process, which is an evidenced-based methodology for the assessment of program offerings for each academic year. As part of its planning process, CNA regularly analyzes application and enrolment data to determine which programs will be offered the following academic year, including the addition or removal of programs based on demand.
Dr. Bill Radford, CNA President & CEO, says CNA’s ability to respond to the needs of the both labour market and student demands is at the core of its operations. The college carefully reviewed all of its programs, enrolment numbers and opportunities for graduates as part of the SEM process.
“As a leading post-secondary education provider in Newfoundland and Labrador, CNA has a responsibility to its clients – the students and employers – to ensure that the programs offered at its 17 campuses are a true reflection of student requirements, labour market demand and industry feedback. We are currently undertaking a Strategic Planning process, which gets underway May 9 in Stephenville, which will further examine how we do business in this province and support campus and academic renewal. We want our graduates to have meaningful employment opportunities based on relevant program selections and current market trends. We also want potential employers to have a highly skilled pool of graduates that meets their needs. To achieve this balance, CNA must continually examine its operations and respond accordingly.”
Among the programs suspended and campuses affected by changes are: Construction/Industrial Electrician (Bonavista and Bay St. George); Instrumentation & Control Technician, Metal Fabricator (Fitter) and Sheet Metal Worker (Burin); Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) (Baie Verte); and, Process Operations Engineering Technology (Corner Brook). Industrial Engineering Technology – Co-op (Ridge Road) will also be suspended for student intake; however, it will be reviewed and revised during 2018-19 and will not have any faculty impacted during this time.
Changes will be made to the Office Administration and Business Administration programs in Corner Brook, whereby Office Administration will see a reduced intake capacity, meaning one class section will be suspended, and the Business Administration program will not have an intake in Marketing. Baie Verte campus will see the temporary addition of the Home Support Worker / Personal Care Attendant program for the 2018-19 academic year. 
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Michelle Jesso
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College of the North Atlantic