Introduction

Preamble

This Strategic Mandate Agreement between the Ministry of Colleges and Universities and George Brown College is a key component of the Ontario government’s accountability framework for the postsecondary education system.

The Strategic Mandate Agreement (SMA):

  • outlines provincial government objectives and priority areas for the postsecondary education system
  • describes the elements of Ontario’s performance-based funding mechanism, including the college’s annual performance-based funding notional allocation for the five-year 2020 to 2025 Strategic Mandate Agreement (SMA3) period
  • establishes the corridor midpoint that will form the basis of enrolment-related funding over the five-year SMA3 period
  • supports transparency and accountability objectives
  • establishes allowable performance targets for 10 metrics upon which institutional performance will be assessed

This SMAis for the fiscal period from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2025.

Ontario’s objectives

SMAs are bilateral agreements between the ministry and the province’s publicly-assisted colleges and universities and are a key component of the Ontario government’s accountability framework for the postsecondary education system. This cycle of agreements is focused on promoting accountability through transparency and a focus on performance outcomes. The following objectives underline SMA3:

  • increasing trust and accountability through transparency and improved performance outcomes in Ontario’s postsecondary education system
  • reducing red tape by striking an appropriate balance between accountability and reporting through streamlined processes and a reduced number of metrics
  • incentivizing colleges and universities to redirect resources and invest in initiatives that result in positive economic outcomes
  • encouraging alignment of postsecondary education with labour market outcomes
  • incentivizing differentiation and specialization to support increased efficiencies

Institutional profile

The ministry recognizes the importance of supporting a differentiated system, and recognizing institutional specializations, as a means of enhancing efficiencies in the postsecondary education sector.

The institutional profile is intended to describe how the college’s institutional mission and strategic goals support the priority areas of the Ontario government, as identified in this agreement. Institutions may also wish to include narrative related to the post-COVID-19 context for the institution.

Performance-based funding

Notional annual allocation

For the SMA3 cycle, George Brown College’s annual allocation of performance-based funding has been calculated by the ministry in accordance with the college funding model and Ontario’s Performance-based Funding Technical Manual. George Brown College’s notional allocations will not be impacted by previous year performance, and will follow a graduated activation plan as follows:

Year

2020–21

2021–22

2022–23

2023–24

2024–25

Differentiation Envelope $32,047,722 $45,239,325 $58,337,807 $71,436,289 $77,985,530
Performance–based Grant $32,047,722 $45,239,325 $58,337,807 $71,436,289 $77,985,530

Notes:

  1. Activation of performance-based funding will not be in place for 2020–21 and 2021–22. Thereafter, activation for the following years will be determined through the SMA3 Annual Evaluation process
  2. Further details on calculations are available in Ontario’s Performance-based Funding Technical Manual. The Performance-based Grant has been capped at the system-average annual proportion and residual funding remains part of the Differentiation Envelope. Notional allocation represents the Performance-based portion of the Differentiation Envelope capped to the system-wide average
  3. The notional allocations presented above are estimates based on 2020–21 operating grant totals as of May 2021

Institutional weighting strategy

The performance-based funding mechanism in this SMAenables institutions to assign metric weightings to reflect institutional strengths and differentiated roles in the postsecondary education system. Assigned metric weightings will impact performance-based funding on a metric-by-metric basis per the table below. Metric details are described in the following section.

Institutional assigned metric weightings and notional performance-based funding allocations
Metric 2020–21 weighting
max. 35%
min. 10%
2020–21
notional funding allocation
2021–22 weighting
max. 30% min. 5%
2021–22 notional funding allocation 2022–23 weighting max. 25%
min. 5%
2022–23 notional funding allocation 2023–24 weighting max. 25% min. 5% 2023–24 notional funding allocation 2024–25
weighting max. 25% min. 5%
2024–25 notional funding allocation
1. Graduate employment rate in a related field 10% $3,204,772 10% $4,523,933 10% $5,833,781 10% $7,143,629 10% $7,798,553
2. Institutional strength and focus 30% $9,614,317 20% $9,047,865 20% $11,667,561 20% $14,287,258 20% $15,597,106
3. Graduation rate 10% $3,204,772 5% $2,261,966 5% $2,916,890 5% $3,571,814 5% $3,899,276
4. Community and local impact of student enrolment 20% $6,409,544 20% $9,047,865 20% $11,667,561 20% $14,287,258 20% $15,597,106
5. Economic impact (institution-specific) 30% $9,614,317 20% $9,047,865 15% $8,750,671 15% $10,715,443 15% $11,697,829
6. Graduate employment earnings N/A N/A 5% $2,261,966 5% $2,916,890 5% $3,571,814 5% $3,899,276
7. Experiential learning N/A N/A 15% $6,785,899 10% $5,833,781 10% $7,143,629 10% $7,798,553
8. Revenue attracted from private sector sources N/A N/A 5% $2,261,966 5% $2,916,890 5% $3,571,814 5% $3,899,276
9. Apprenticeship-related (institution-specific) N/A N/A N/A N/A 5% $2,916,890 5% $3,571,814 5% $3,899,276
10. Skills and competencies N/A N/A N/A N/A 5% $2,916,890 5% $3,571,814 5% $3,899,276

Priority areas and performance metrics

Summary

To support improved performance in key areas aligned with the Ontario government’s priorities and objectives, the allowable performance targets will be set against metrics that measure institutions’ effectiveness in addressing the evolving needs of the labour market, enhancing the skills and competencies of our students, and supporting a postsecondary education system that strengthens Ontario’s economic competitiveness.

The combination of established targets and assigned metric weightings will be used for institutional assessment of performance through the SMA3 Annual Evaluation process.

Skills and job outcomes

This priority area seeks to measure and evaluate the college’s role in supporting student and graduate outcomes and alignment with Ontario’s economy. Metrics measure institutional commitment to areas of strength and specialization; students’ preparation with the skills essential for employment; experiential learning opportunities; graduation; and positive labour–market outcomes for graduates, through the following performance indicators:

  • graduate employment rate in a related field
  • institutional strength and focus
  • graduation rate
  • graduate employment earnings
  • experiential learning
  • skills and competencies

Economic and community impact

This priority area seeks to measure and evaluate the college’s role in supporting Ontario’s economy. Metrics measure funding from private sector sources; the positive economic impact on local economies brought by students at an institution; and the differentiated ways institutions demonstrate economic impact, through the following performance indicators:

  • community and local impact of student enrolment
  • economic impact (institution-specific)
  • revenue attracted from private sector sources
  • apprenticeship-related (institution-specific)

Productivity, accountability and transparency

To support the Ontario Government’s objective of enhanced transparency and accountability, institutions will provide reporting data in the following areas which will not be tied to performance funding:

  • faculty activity
  • faculty compensation

Skills and job outcomes

Performance metrics: narrative

Metrics will be initiated over three years as new data is collected and validated. For 2020–21, allowable performance targets are calculated using historical data as per the Performance-based Funding Technical Manual.

For the remainder of the SMA3 cycle, allowable performance targets will be calculated annually as per the Performance-based Funding Technical Manual using the most recent historical data available for George Brown College and included as part of the SMA3 Annual Evaluation process for performance-based funding. See appendix for details regarding historical data and annual allowable performance targets.

For the skills and competencies metric being initiated for performance-based funding in 2022–23, the Ministry of Colleges and Universities will apply a ‘participation weighting’ of five % of annual performance-based funding notional allocations for all institutions. Institutional targets will not be set for this metric in SMA3. Participation will be validated and included as part of the SMA3 Annual Evaluation process for performance-based funding.

Graduate employment rate in a related field
Definition: proportion of graduates employed full-time in a field related or partially related to their program six months after graduation
Source: College Graduate Outcomes Survey, Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Metric initiated: 2020–21

Institutional strength and focus
Name: Business
Definition: enrolment (full-time headcount, domestic and international) in an institution’s program area(s) of focus
Source: Provided by institutions, validated by College Statistical Enrolment Report (CSER), Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Metric initiated: 2020–21

Graduation rate
Definition: percentage of full-time students (domestic and international), who entered a program of instruction in a particular enrolment reporting period and graduated within a specific period of time (200% program completion timeframe for diploma and certificate programs and 175% for degrees.
Source: Graduate Rate Submission Process, College Graduation Rate Tool

Metric initiated: 2020–21

Graduate employment earnings
Definition: median employment earnings of college graduates in a given calendar year, two years after graduation
Source: Educational and Labour Market Longitudinal Platform, Statistics Canada

Metric initiated: 2021–22

Experiential learning
Definition: number and proportion of graduates in programs, who participated in at least one course with required Experiential Learning component(s)
Source: Ministry of Colleges and University’s Graduate Record File Data; File attached to College Graduate Outcomes Survey

Metric initiated: 2021–22

Skills and competencies
Definition: Education and Skills Online: random sample of students (domestic and international)
Source: Education and Skills Online Assessment, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Metric initiated: 2022–23

Economic and community impact

Performance metrics: narrative

Metrics will be initiated over three years as new data is collected and validated. For 2020–21, allowable performance targets are calculated using historical data as per the Performance–based Funding Technical Manual.

For the remainder of the SMA3 cycle, allowable performance targets will be calculated annually as per the Performance–based Funding Technical Manual using the most recent historical data available for George Brown College and included as part of the SMA3 Annual Evaluation process for performance–based funding. See appendix for details regarding historical data and annual allowable performance targets.

Community and local impact of student enrolment
Definition: institutional enrolment share in the population of the city (cities) or town (towns) in which the institution is located
Source: College Statistical Enrolment Report (CSER), Ministry of Colleges and Universities, Census Data, Statistics Canada

Metric initiated: 2020–21

Economic impact (institution-specific)
Name: Local Economic Impact of International Students
Definition: Number of international students (funding status=20) multiplied by the average full time per student expenditures for college/trades students, $36,400
Source: College Statistical Enrolment Report (Full-Time Fall Count)

Metric initiated: 2020–21

Revenue attracted from private sector sources
Definition: total revenue attracted from private sector and not-for-profit sources
Source: College Financial Information System

Metric initiated: 2021–22

Apprenticeship-related (institution-specific)
Definition: Completion rates for level 1, 2 and 3 apprenticeship programs
Source: EOIS-APPR system (for level 1,2 and 3 apprenticeship completions)

Metric initiated: 2022–23

Productivity, accountability and transparency

Reporting metrics - attestation

This priority area of the Ontario government supports the government’s goal of increasing trust and accountability through transparency and improved performance outcomes in Ontario’s postsecondary education system.

These metrics are not tied to funding, and are used to measure and report on the following indicators:

  • faculty activity
  • faculty compensation

Faculty activity

Information regarding George Brown College faculty activity will be publicly available in Year 3 (2022–23).

Faculty compensation

Information regarding George Brown College faculty compensation will be publicly available in Year 3 (2022–23).

Enrolment profile

In addition to the performance-based funding outlined in sections above, institutions will receive enrolment-related funding through a funded corridor ‘midpoint’ to provide funding predictability to institutions.

Corridor midpoint

For funding purposes 25,584.94 Weighted Funding Units (WFUs) will be the corridor midpoint value for the five-year period from 2020–25 for George Brown College. Enrolment-related funding will be will distributed consistent with this level of enrolment and subject to the policies contained within the Ontario College Funding Formula Reform Technical Manual, May 2017, Version 1.1.

Note: Midpoints were established using the average of funding-eligible enrolment from 2015–16, 2016–17, and 2017–18.

Projected funding-eligible enrolment

Note: Tables report on full–time headcounts from the fall term.

Below is George Brown College’s projection of funding-eligible full-time headcount as of February 28, 2020.

Credential 2020–21 2021–22 2022–23 2023–24 2024–25
Ontario College Certificate 2,026 2,036 2,046 2,057 2,067
Ontario College
Diploma/Advanced Diploma
11,308 11,365 11,422 11,479 11,536
Ontario College
Graduate Certificate
1,102 1,108 1,114 1,119 1,125
Baccalaureate Degree in
Applied Area of Study
1,353 1,359 1,366 1,373 1,380
Total 15,789 15,868 15,948 16,028 16,108
Credential 2020–21 2021–22 2022–23 2023–24 2024–25
All other funding activity in
full–time equivalent;
Part–time, Tuition short
3,465 3,465 3,465 3,465 3,465

Projected international enrolment

Below is George Brown College’s projection of funding-ineligible international full-time headcount at college-operated campuses as of February 28, 2020.

Credential 2020–21 2021–22 2022–23 2023–24 2024–25
Ontario College Certificate 175 176 177 178 178
Ontario College
Diploma/Advanced Diploma
4,255 4,276 4,298 4,319 4,341
Ontario College
Graduate Certificate
793 797 801 805 809
Baccalaureate Degree in
Applied Area of Study
234 235 237 238 239
Total 5,457 5,484 5,513 5,540 5,567

Appendix: historical data, targets and results

The following table will be refreshed annually by the ministry to display results from SMA3 Annual Evaluation process and update Allowable Performance Targets (APT) for the current year. The SMA3 Annual Evaluation will occur every year in the Fall-Winter and the updated appendix will be made publicly available the following Spring. Please note that fields with a hyphen indicate where data will be populated in later years of SMA3.

It should be noted that historical data reflects pre-COVID-19 context. Actual values achieved during the SMA3 period may include COVID-19 pandemic impacts.

George Brown College- SMA3 performance
Note: “2020–21 Actual” refers to the year in which the evaluation takes and not necessarily the data from that year.
Metric 2016–17
Historical
data
2017–18
Historical
data
2018–19
Historical
data
2020–21
Allowable
performance
target
2020–21
Actual
performance
2021‑22
Allowable
performance
target
2021–22
Actual
performance
2022–23
Allowable
performance
target
2022–23
Actual
performance
2023–24
Allowable
performance
target
2023–24
Actual
performance
2024–25
Allowable
performance
target
2024-25
Actual
performance
1. Graduate employment rate in a related field 76.09% 76.35% 76.93% 75.69% 76.72% 75.90% - - - - - - -
2. Institutional strength and focus 40.04% 40.10% 40.36% 39.81% 41.04% 39.81% - - - - - - -
3. Graduation rate 70.01% 70.91% 70.55% 70.14% 70.17% 70.20% - - - - - - -
4. Community and local impact of student enrolment 1.75% 1.80% 1.82% 1.78% 1.79% 1.80% - - - - - - -
5. Economic impact (institution–specific) $126,016,800 $152,370,400 $183,019,200 $143,199,095 $197,652,000 $165,283,796 - - - - - - -
6. Graduate employment earnings $35,272 $34,412 $38,047 N/A N/A $34,380 - - - - - - -
7. Experiential learning 61.61%
(2017-18)
64.34%
(2018-19)
63.48%
(2019-20)
N/A N/A 62.16% - - - - - - -
8. Revenue attracted from private sector sources $7,846,464
(2017-18)
$8,200,585
(2018-19)
$7,355,630
(2019-20)
N/A N/A $7,550,861 - - - - - - -
9. Apprenticeship–related (institution–specific) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A - - - - - -
10. Skills and competencies N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Survey initiated - - - - -
Updated: October 14, 2021
Published: September 14, 2020