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College Update - April 24, 2015 PDF Print Email

by Dr. Ivan Yackel, President and Chief Executive Officer

Carlton Trail College

 

Board Matters

The first quarter of 2015 has been a very busy one for our Board of Governors. The Board provided approval, in principle, for a wide array of policies dealing with protection of college assets, records retention and disposal, debt incurrence, corporate credit cards, our diverse workforce and whistleblower protection. In accordance with Board Policy, these documents have been circulated to all staff for a ninety-day period of review and input and will be back on the May and June agendas for formal Board adoption.

The Board also approved next year’s Academic Calendar as well as a continuous agenda that outlines the Board’s meeting schedule and major agenda topics for 2015-16.

Budget 2015

The Provincial budget was announced on March 18th and provided a 1% increase in the base operating grant for Regional Colleges.

When total funding for training programs and services is added along with a small preventative maintenance and renewal grant, Carlton Trail College will receive just over $4.2 million in provincial funding for the period April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016. This slight increase in funding, our own fiscal restraint measures enacted in early 2015, and a slight draw-down on reserves, will allow our College to continue to provide a comparable level of service to our region in the upcoming year.

Our College remains committed to providing for the ever-increasing training and educational needs in our area as business, industry and populations grow.  We will continue to look for opportunities to partner with third parties as we fulfill our mandate of meeting the adult education needs of this region.

Strategic Planning

Strategic planning is sometimes viewed with skepticism as an exercise with little productivity and accountability.  At Carlton Trail College, our Board’s three-year strategic plan identifies three major goals:

-          achieving student success,

-          serving business, industry and communities, and

-          attaining organizational sustainability.

Our Board and staff work diligently to ensure that each of these is much more than mere words on a piece of paper.  Each of these goals is examined through a lens of client outcomes, internal processes, people, learning and leadership, and stewardship.  A “balanced scorecard” is created that identifies measurable objectives within each of these categories and senior leadership reports to the Board on our achievement of these measures on a quarterly basis.

Additionally, the senior leadership team creates an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) document that quantifies the risks inherent with each of the twenty-plus key measurable objectives. Where the risk is identified as exceeding the comfort level of the Board, additional strategies are employed to lower the risk to an acceptable level.

Finally, the ongoing and annual evaluation of every employee in the College specifically identifies their role in helping to ensure the successful attainment of these objectives.  Everyone who works with and for the College has a mandate to help make our strategic plan a reality by turning words into actions that can be accurately quantified.

 
College Update - April 24, 2015 PDF Print Email

by Dr. Ivan Yackel, President and Chief Executive Officer

Carlton Trail College

 

Board Matters

The first quarter of 2015 has been a very busy one for our Board of Governors. The Board provided approval, in principle, for a wide array of policies dealing with protection of college assets, records retention and disposal, debt incurrence, corporate credit cards, our diverse workforce and whistleblower protection. In accordance with Board Policy, these documents have been circulated to all staff for a ninety-day period of review and input and will be back on the May and June agendas for formal Board adoption.

The Board also approved next year’s Academic Calendar as well as a continuous agenda that outlines the Board’s meeting schedule and major agenda topics for 2015-16.

Budget 2015

The Provincial budget was announced on March 18th and provided a 1% increase in the base operating grant for Regional Colleges.

When total funding for training programs and services is added along with a small preventative maintenance and renewal grant, Carlton Trail College will receive just over $4.2 million in provincial funding for the period April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016. This slight increase in funding, our own fiscal restraint measures enacted in early 2015, and a slight draw-down on reserves, will allow our College to continue to provide a comparable level of service to our region in the upcoming year.

Our College remains committed to providing for the ever-increasing training and educational needs in our area as business, industry and populations grow.  We will continue to look for opportunities to partner with third parties as we fulfill our mandate of meeting the adult education needs of this region.

Strategic Planning

Strategic planning is sometimes viewed with skepticism as an exercise with little productivity and accountability.  At Carlton Trail College, our Board’s three-year strategic plan identifies three major goals:

-          achieving student success,

-          serving business, industry and communities, and

-          attaining organizational sustainability.

Our Board and staff work diligently to ensure that each of these is much more than mere words on a piece of paper.  Each of these goals is examined through a lens of client outcomes, internal processes, people, learning and leadership, and stewardship.  A “balanced scorecard” is created that identifies measurable objectives within each of these categories and senior leadership reports to the Board on our achievement of these measures on a quarterly basis.

Additionally, the senior leadership team creates an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) document that quantifies the risks inherent with each of the twenty-plus key measurable objectives. Where the risk is identified as exceeding the comfort level of the Board, additional strategies are employed to lower the risk to an acceptable level.

Finally, the ongoing and annual evaluation of every employee in the College specifically identifies their role in helping to ensure the successful attainment of these objectives.  Everyone who works with and for the College has a mandate to help make our strategic plan a reality by turning words into actions that can be accurately quantified.

 
Policy 1.22 - Corporate Social Responsibility PDF Print Email

 

Section:  Board of Trustees

Number:  1.22

 

Approved:  December 16, 2014

Subject:  Corporate Social Responsibility

Revised: 

 

Carlton Trail College defines Corporate Social Responsibility as follows:

  • Conducting business in a socially responsible and ethical manner;
  • Protecting the environment and the safety of people;
  • Supporting human rights; and
  • Engaging, learning from, respecting and supporting the communities and cultures with which we work.

 

The Board will ensure that all matters of Corporate Social Responsibility are considered and supported in our governance and operations and are consistent with the College stakeholders’ best interests. 

 

All College employees and contractors will adopt the Corporate Social Responsibility considerations described in this policy in their day-to-day work activities.  College leaders will act as role models by incorporating these considerations into decision-making and ensuring that appropriate organizational structures are in place to effectively identify, monitor, and manage Corporate Social Responsibility issues and performance.

 

This Policy is built on the following areas that reflect existing and emerging standards of Corporate Social Responsibility:

 

Business Ethics and Transparency

The Board is committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and governance practices in order to maintain excellence in its daily operations, and to promote confidence in our governance system.

 

The Board will conduct its business in an open, honest, and ethical manner.

 

The Board recognizes the importance of protecting all of our human, financial, physical, informational, social, environmental, and reputational assets.

 

Environmental Health and Safety

Carlton Trail College is committed to protecting the health and safety of all individuals affected by our activities, including our students, employees, contractors and the public.  The College will provide a safe and healthy working environment, and will not compromise the health and safety of any individual.  Our goal is to have no accidents and mitigate impacts on the environment by working with our stakeholders, peers and others to promote responsible environmental practices and continuous improvement.

 

Carlton Trail College is committed to environmental protection and stewardship.

 

Carlton Trail College recognizes that pollution prevention and resource conservation are key to a sustainable environment, and will effectively integrate these concepts into its decision-making.

 

All employees are responsible and accountable for contributing to a safe working environment, for fostering safe working attitudes, and for operating in an environmentally responsible manner.

 

Stakeholder Relations

Carlton Trail College will engage stakeholders clearly, honestly, and respectfully.

 

Employee Relations

Carlton Trail College will ensure that employees are treated fairly and with dignity and consideration for their goals and aspirations and that diversity in the workplace is embraced.

 

Carlton Trial College will apply fair labour practices, while respecting current legislation and collective bargaining agreements.

 

Carlton Trail College is committed to providing equal opportunity in all aspects of employment and will not engage in or tolerate unlawful workplace conduct, including discrimination, intimidation, or harassment.

 

Human Rights

Carlton Trail College will always strive to build trust, deliver mutual advantage and demonstrate respect for human dignity and rights in all relationships it enters into, including respect for cultures, customs and values of individuals and groups.

 

Community Development

Carlton Trail College stresses collaborative, consultative, partnership approaches in its work with the various communities that it serves within our region.

 

 
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