OCA recently announced increases in course fees from September 2013. John Umney, OCASA president, responds:
OCASA recognizes the need of the OCA to be competitive in attracting new students, and welcomes the offers made to encourage new entrants with special offers. However whilst OCASA recognises the need to keep fee increases in line with inflation and keeping new student entry competitively priced, it is disappointed to see the fees for protected students increase at a rate higher than inflation. OCASA recognises that the protected status of students still provides an incentive to remain on a study path with the OCA and trusts that the college will continue to strive to place the student learning experience at the top of its priority list.
OCASA has sought assurances that the OCA will increase it’s efforts to improve the student experience and the OCA have agreed to inaugurate a working group to understand, review and action the findings of the recent student review carried out by Carol Smith of OCASA.
Furthermore OCASA will look to the OCA to reduce the inconsistencies with the structure of the courses and provide improved guidance on assignment and assessment submissions in order to reduce students’ costs.
We Are OCA: Fees for 2013/14