The first round of Strategic Mandate Agreements (2014-17) was negotiated in 2014 with individual institutions on the basis of Ontario`s differentiation policy framework for post-secondary education (PDF 250 KB). During the period of validity of these programs, the government reviewed and amended the funding formula for Ontario universities. The current round of strategic mandate agreements (2017-20) promotes the achievement of their differentiation objectives and objectives, which are to ensure financial sustainability throughout the higher education system. At the end of 2017, Queen`s concluded discussions with the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and signed its Strategic Mandate Agreement (SMA) for the three-year period 2017-20. The ADM expresses some of the strengths that distinguish Queen`s University of Ontario in the post-secondary education system and contains a number of MAESD commitments. Ontario universities have successfully negotiated individual agreements with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Qualifications and Development (MAESD). These agreements demonstrate the breadth of everything Ontario universities achieve, including improving the student experience, preparing students for the workforce, leading research, local and global economic and social development, community contacts, and the development of pathways between institutions, including Aboriginal colleges and institutes. With the new year, Ontario universities begin the final year of the second phase of the province`s strategic mandate agreement. This second phase, sMA2, will run from 2017 to 2020 and is part of a three-step process, which began with the implementation of Phase 1 (2014-2017). The initiative is supported by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and has been agreed upon by 21 Ontario universities with the stated goal of "promoting student success and institutional excellence." The agreements aim to "encourage institutions to cooperate with the government to help create a highly skilled workforce and to focus on cooperation and openness.
They focus on each institution`s strengths in improving quality and results, as well as expected enrollment growth and financial sustainability. The agreement aims to gather quantitative information aggregated on several main themes, including: (a) the experience of students; b) innovation in teaching and learning; (c) access and justice; (d) the excellence and impact of research; and (e) innovation, economic development and community engagement. Some examples could be considered on student employment levels, graduation rates, the share of spending on student services and employment rates for higher education graduates. Read more: Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development The Lakehead University 2 (SMA2) Strategic Agreement (2017-2020) was led by ministry requirements and the differentiation policy framework, Lakehead University`s strategic and academic plans, and developed by representatives from all functions of the university, faculties and staff. Mark Spooner, a professor at the University of Regina, says: "The unique model of creating, disseminating and measuring knowledge does us all a disservice... To meet the demands of an audit culture, based on counting quantity over quality, researchers will almost certainly experience greater pressure to obtain "game" results... ». On April 11, 2019, the Ontario government announced that the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities will implement the 2020-2025 Strategic Agreements (AMS3) and results-based funding.