Champlain Regional College
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|Established||April 7, 1971|
|Director||J. Kenneth Robertson|
|Director of Studies||Paul Kaeser|
|463 faculty (Fall 2014, all 3 campuses combined) |
|38 management, 37 professionals, 100 support staff (Fall 2014, at all 3 campuses combined with College Administration) |
|Students||5,026 Regular Day, 249 Continuing Education (Fall 2014 - at all 3 campuses combined) |
|Location||Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada|
|Campus Locations||Lennoxville, Saint-Lambert, Quebec City|
|Affiliations||CICan, CCAA, QSSF|
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Champlain Regional College, founded in 1971 and named in honour of Samuel de Champlain (the first governor of New France), is an English-language Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) with campuses located in three distinct administrative regions of Quebec: Lennoxville, Saint-Lambert, and Quebec City. The College offers post-secondary pre-university and technical DEC diploma programs as well as vocational AEC certificate programs.
The college was named after Samuel de Champlain and traces its origins to the merger of several educational institutions which became public in 1967 with the creation of Quebec's CEGEPs and the collegiate system.
Organization and administration
Champlain Regional College is composed of a Head Office (College Administrative Services), located in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and three campuses located in different administrative regions of the province: Champlain College Lennoxville, in the Estrie (05); Champlain College Saint-Lambert, located in the Montérégie (16); and Champlain College St. Lawrence, in the Capitale-Nationale (03) area of Québec City.
The primary legal framework within which Champlain Regional College, along with all other CEGEPs, operates is the General and Vocational Colleges Act, commonly referred to as the Colleges Act. Despite the “Regional” in its name, Champlain Regional College is not a regional college as defined by Chapter II of the Colleges Act. This definition was added to the Colleges Act in 1997 through Bill 166  in order to pave the way for the creation of the Cégep régional de Lanaudière in 1998. Located in a single administrative region, it has three affiliated constituent colleges rather than three campuses like Champlain Regional College and is the only CEGEP to which the definition of regional college in the Colleges Act has ever applied. Champlain Regional College is therefore considered under the law to be a single corporate entity for purposes of governance and finance. However, provincial government authorizations to offer specific academic programs are made to each campus separately.
As stipulated in the Colleges Act, Champlain Regional College is overseen by a 20-member Board of Governors composed of senior administrators, teaching and non-teaching personnel, current students and alumni, parents, and government appointed representatives of regional groups. Champlain has one more faculty member on the Board than do other public colleges. This right was obtained in 1996 through the Champlain Act (Bill 212) which specifically amends the Colleges Act to provide for the election of one teacher from each campus where the College provides teaching.
The Board meets at least five times a year, holding each meeting on a rotating basis on each campus of the College. Other meetings are held in Drummondville or, when necessitated by weather conditions, held by videoconference.
In conformity with the Colleges Act, the Board is advised on all academic matters by a 16-member Commission of Studies that is chaired by the Director of Studies, and composed of faculty members from each campus, non-teaching professionals, one member of the support staff, three students, representatives from each local campus advisory committee, and senior academic leaders from each campus.
The two senior administrators of the College, as specified in the Colleges Act, are appointed by the Board. The Director General is the administrative head of the institution. Matters of an academic nature are overseen by the Director of Studies under the authority of the Director General. The Director General and Director of Studies are based at the Administrative offices in Sherbrooke, QC, along with the Director of Financial Services, the Director of Material Resources, Director of Human Resources and Secretary General, Coordinator of Information Technology, and their respective staff teams.
Each campus is overseen by a Campus Director under the authority of the Director General. Each campus has administrators in charge of local management of human resources, finances, buildings and grounds, information technology, student services, registrar’s office, and continuing education.
The general college profile
The three campuses of CRC are: Champlain College Saint-Lambert, located in the Montérégie (16); Champlain College Lennoxville, in the Estrie (05); and Champlain College St. Lawrence, in the Capitale-Nationale (03) area of Québec City. As a result of these geographic differences, each Campus has developed a distinct culture with varied needs and expectations. The administrative offices for the college are located apart from the campuses in the city of Sherbrooke. The regional and cultural differences between the campuses have led to a debate over the value of the multi-regional structure of the college: many members of the college community argue this structure limits campuses' ability to respond to their local communities' needs, while others argue that regional diversity creates opportunities for "synergy" across multiple regions of Quebec.
The college's relationship, representation, and communication with the Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur, recherche et science (MESRS), the Commission d’évaluation de l’enseignement collégial(CEEC), and the Fédération des cégeps are said by the College administration to be positive and respectful. A few members of the faculty and management staff actively participate in these organizations’ committees and other initiatives to the benefit of Champlain and the college system as a whole. As one of the five English public colleges in Québec, some of its personnel also actively participate in committees specifically dedicated to the provision of educational services to the English speaking population.
Given the vast distances between the campuses, it is uncommon for members of the faculty and staff of the various campuses to interact directly with each other. However, some contact is facilitated by participation in college-wide bodies such as the Commission of Studies, even though these bodies now meet more and more often by videoconference, to save money on travel.
The St. Lambert campus is located 148 kilometres from the College's Head Office, on the border between the municipalities of Saint-Lambert and Longueuil on the South Shore of the Island of Montreal. It offers pre-university and technical DEC programs, as well as AEC programs and an extensive range of other continuing education services (including Recognition of Acquired Competencies or RAC) on and off campus. The campus is situated within Administrative Region 16 (Montérégie), which also includes six other public Francophone cégeps.
The Lennoxville campus is located only seven kilometres from head office, in the borough of Lennoxville, part of the agglomerated municipality of Sherbrooke, where it shares grounds and facilities with Bishop's University. It offers pre-university and technical DEC programs on its main campus as well as AEC programs and other continuing education services at a Sherbrooke location. The campus is situated within Administrative Region 05 (Estrie), which also includes one public Francophone cégep and one private Francophone college.
The St. Lawrence campus is located 227 kilometres from the Sherbrooke office in the borough of Ste-Foy, adjacent to the City of Québec. Originally an independent Classical College affiliated with Université Laval, this campus offers primarily pre-university DEC programs, one technical DEC program, and one AEC program. The campus is situated within Administrative Region 03 (Capitale-Nationale), which also includes three other public Francophone Cégeps and five private Francophone colleges.
Distinct culture and traditions
In part due to the regional disparity of the three campuses and the fact that the Administrative Offices are not located in the same city as any of them, each campus has, over time, developed its own distinct culture and traditions, and each tends to be treated as a separate English-language college even though each is a campus of the larger institution. Contributing to this is also the fact that union contracts apply to each campus rather than to the college as a whole, so that there is a separate teaching, professional and support staff union for each campus. Meetings of college-wide bodies are often held in the city of Drummondville, which is more or less equidistant from each of the three campuses and the Sherbrooke administrative offices.
Since early 2014, a movement has developed among many faculty and staff of the Regional college, in favour of creating three colleges from the campuses and eliminating the Sherbrooke regional administration offices, which they consider a drain on resources and potentially detrimental to the campuses' continued success. This movement began at the St-Lawrence Campus, which had been an independent institution prior to the formation of CRC. There, all three unions (faculty, support staff and professionals) have been working together since early in 2014 to make their campus an independent college, in part as a response to a management crisis involving their campus and central administration, which was considered to be a symptom of ongoing problems with the regional structure.
In separate General Assemblies in the Fall of 2014, the faculty union of the St-Lambert Campus took a position in favour of St-Lawrence independence, and subsequently voted to support independence for St-Lambert. In December 2014, the Fédération Nationale des Enseignantes et Enseignants du Québec (Quebec Teachers' Federation, or FNEEQ) passed a unanimous motion at its Federal Council in favour of the two teachers' unions' move for independence of the campuses. Support Staff at Champlain St-Lambert also voted to seek independence for their campus in March, 2015.
In February 2015, a campaign in support of the St-Lawrence Campus' independence was officially launched with support from FNEEQ, a supporting web page, and student-created video. A formal petition was also sponsored at the Québec National Assembly by the Official Opposition Critic for Higher Education, Véronique Hivon (Parti-Québécois). Teachers at the St-Lambert Campus started making public statements in support of the St-Lawrence independence bid, stating their hope that this will also lead to independence for their own campus. Some of these were in attendance at the launch of the campaign in Québec City. In April, 2015, the teachers' union at the Lennoxville campus passed a General Assembly motion supporting their colleagues' push for independence at the other two campuses.
This movement for campus independence is not supported by either College administrators or the Board of Governors, but is considered by them to be a matter of "deep concern."  At the November 26, 2014, meeting of the Board of Governors, the Director of Studies resigned to take a position at another college. Between December 2014 and September 2015, the Board of Governors explored a variety of possibilities for revising the structure of the academic leadership of the College, and particularly the role of the Director of Studies. A consultant was hired to conduct a study of the position and to make recommendations for possible changes. The consultant’s report was subsequently tabled at the March 20, 2015 meeting of the Board 
At its meeting on June 12, 2015, the Board passed Resolution No. 2904  reaffirming the regional structure of Champlain Regional College and its three campuses. During its next meeting on September 23, 2015, the Board defeated Resolution No. 2914, a motion calling for the Board to request that the Minister of Education, Higher Education, and Research grant Champlain Regional College the same status as Cégep Régional de Lanaudière in accordance with Chapter II of the General and Vocational Colleges Act. With the passage of Resolution No. 2922 at its October 23, 2015, meeting, the Board suspended its review of the Director of Studies position and committed to moving forward with the selection of a new Director of Studies.
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- Évaluation institutionelle, Champlain Regional College. Québec: Commission d'évaluation de l'enseignement collégial, 2004. pp 6-7)
- Convention collective, Fédération nationale des enseignantes et enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ-CSN), Annexe I-5
- Champlain Regional College Website
- Champlain College Lennoxville Website
- Champlain College Saint-Lambert Website
- Champlain College St. Lawrence Website