Strategic Plan Feedback
Through our interactive sessions and online surveys, we’ve heard from students, employees, employers and community partners. Here is a sample of what we’ve heard so far. Thank you for your input and our online survey remains open.
The college should strive to be a leading example of how a college in Ontario should be operated.
Become an even more involving and accepting community. It has been nice to see more presence of indigenous cultures, international students as well as other minority groups.
Suite of high-demand, high-quality programs in accessible delivery modes that are relevant to the future workforce.
Regardless of the program that a student completes, the goal of Fleming College should be to produce good citizens.
Real sustainability, not lip service: eliminate or significantly reduce precarious employment.
Providing pertinent training that leads to direct sustainable employment.
A comprehensive, cooperative and transparent set of technical services provided to our students, faculty and staff.
Increased student-specific academic advisement services within each program areas for each school.
Introduction of new programs for students to better prepare them for the changing workforce demands in our communities over the next 30 years.
I would like to see some full programs available online. If you look at Ontario College offerings, online offerings all cluster around the same programs. This is a major gap that Fleming can fill. With this gap, we are losing out on a huge customer base (working people, parents) who cannot access traditional schooling.
I would like to see Fleming recognized as one of the leaders in the College system, offering exemplary programming and also one of the best Colleges to work at.
I would like to see an improved campus look.
A strong downtown presence.
I have had limited exposure to the college over the last few years but usually participate by giving a lecture to the natural resources law enforcement program. I think that Fleming needs to continue to sustain its reputation as a leader in this area and in ensuring that graduates are gainfully employed.
A framework where faculty are given the ability to and encouraged to do applied research.
Establish a centre for entrepreneurship for our own students but that also included entrepreneurial students from high school students (local and even farther afield) - A framework where students can actually start and run businesses within the college ecosystem.
Fleming grads are prepared to apply their skills in our rapidly changing demographics, and in particular are adept at supporting community development around people who live with differences, including but not limited to ability, gender, race, religion, language, culture, education and economic status. They have the skills to make things happen, for themselves and the people they serve, as well as for the broader community. They are able to work for themselves as well easily as for an employer.
Students who are confident and able to take on the workforce upon graduation.
Strong partnerships with other colleges and university in Ontario, across Canada and around the world. Be a leader in the student mobility.
Become a unified school where all schools collaborate together to achieve goals.
As a tourism operator in our region, I would like to see the tourism school expanded.
An empowered, engaged workforce.
Accessibility across campus with working elevators with better access to safer alternatives.
Increase in professional development for all staff
Reduce the carbon foot print, to utilize solar panels, wind mills, more geothermal, looking into where the campus has heat loss.
To be defined by the quality of our programs and be able to articulate 'what we do best'.
Resources for International students- extra tutoring, better housing, support for professors when you have many international students.
I would like to see Fleming be the leader in inclusive education. I think there are many opportunities to be an example of how universal design transforms both student and faculty experience and quality of education delivered.
Business process realignment. I feel we do so many steps using paper, undocumented process, or use legacy systems for the sake of using systems.
A larger and more advanced GIS lab.
Working with industry and government to help build a framework for long-lasting pertinent training that makes graduate students valuable to employers.
Student retention through education, improved services to the student and instilling self motivation in our students to succeed.
Increase student housing options.
Start thinking about students as stakeholders and customers.
Focus on people - get the right people in the right jobs with the right talents. Get our systems up to standard and integrated where necessary
Online learning reaching remote communities (Indigenous/International)
Investing more in technology.
Cut programs that are no longer industry-relevant and replace with programs that align with what we have already established as our strengths (Technology, research, environmental, arts, health).
Improve technology to reflect 2019 standards; example: allowing students to see their fees online prior to the first day of school, providing student/faculty timetables in a timely manner.
Focus on the change in tuition funding to remain financially stable without sacrificing student experience and education
Focus on relevant course content, our field is quite dynamic and we need to remain on the cutting edge of technology and best practices.
Focus on recruiting more full time instructors with work experience in the sector they are teaching.
Negotiate articulation agreements with universities, so the college program facilities a pathway to higher education for those that seek it. Focus on graduating students with as many recognized certifications as possible
Fleming needs to secure and better organize internships in order to be ahead of the pack.
Establishing formal advisement within our academic programs. Each program should have a comprehensive set of tools to allow them to assess student performance within their area (general retention rates, probation rates, internal and external transfer rates, graduation success rates, course specific success rates).
Ensuring tuition rates don't skyrocket and educating youth on climate change.
Engage with municipalities and business associations to identify challenges and growth opportunities over the next twenty years.
Efficiency of the college operations. Focus on making front-line people successful, so they can make students successful. Investment in databases and systems is a must.
Actively pursue a student population that has a healthy mix of domestic and international students from a broad range of places across both diploma and postgraduate levels.
Create a Fleming Brand that is grounded in providing students with a relevant and exceptional experience that leads them to successful careers.
Continued focus on environmental excellence. Focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation programs.
Diversity and Inclusion - links to the student experience, meeting the needs of students creates belonging, translates into pride in school and programs.
Community Involvement - how do our students support our community? Are we open to working with the community to support its needs?
Bridge programs for the Trades and Technology programs.
A single thrust into the maker movement method.
Solve the student housing issue. This could be by offering a regular shuttle to and from town, not necessarily building a dorm. There is no public transport in this community and seeing students struggling to walk home with their artistic creations is frustrating.
Attract and retain high calibre students, through higher admission criteria, better supports.
Improving the experience across the full student journey, especially with customer service.
Significant restructuring, a clear road map, effective leadership and dissecting each and every department.
Improving recruitment strategies to ensure not only prior Academic experiences but also future career and/or Academic aspirations align with the program they are applying for/ enrolled in.
Ensure there is strong, qualified management.
We are small. This is gives us a great opportunity to be more nimble when it comes to implementing change. The curbside appeal of smaller classrooms and more personalized education is much more obvious to a student when it comes to schools of our size. We have an outstanding set of niche programs in both the arts and environmental services that are recognized globally. We have culinary and skilled trades programs that are recognized regionally. These programs will be challenged by AI/tech in the decades ahead, we need to empower our students to use cutting edge tools so that they are prepared to be leaders in these workforce sectors when they graduate from Fleming.
The personal touch. Students have strong connections to faculty.
We could market ourselves as an immersion experience for language learners from abroad.
The excellent facilities for trades programs. A smaller community, smaller classes.
Our environmental programs and focus are excellent.
Every College through-out Ontario provides an education based on Ontario College guidelines, since the standards are the same, we need to become 'that' college that not only provides an outstanding education, but outstanding support in the success of each student. I feel we need to return to that 'small town' college environment.
Diverse programs, large geographical area, small college feel
Create a brand built on integrity and authenticity. Fleming should be associated with genuine program delivery that is relevant. We should be known as the college who is prepared to change to meet industry needs, not the college who accepts everyone who applies and continues to deliver outdated, irrelevant programming.
Enhance relationships. Promote customer service as the utmost priority.
Our campus environment. We are surrounded by nature, which is beautiful! - We have a friendly, tight-knit community at all of our campuses.