My idea is simple. Take government spending that is used on high enrollment courses in universities across Canada and create an online accredited course. After completing course material a student heads down to a government-run test facility to be properly identified and fill out an exam. If the exam is passed, then credit is given for no cost to the citizen. Low-enrollment courses could be rolled out as the program grows.
For example, statistics 101 is a common university course. Take the money that normally would be spent on 10,000s of students taking this course every year and develop a self-paced interactive impactful online statistics 101 course. Support this course with a Q & A that is mainly community managed. Some benefits I can think of would be as follows:
-Students learn at their own pace so they do not miss out on important concepts.
-Talented students can finish degrees faster.
-Reduced student debt.
-The course material will be presented by the top lecturers and be more current.
-Eliminate some commutes, parking, and textbook fees for students.
-Prospective students can try courses before committing to a full degree.
-Complete courses on any schedule or timeline meaning people who are employed can work towards a university degree.
-With free library computers and internet access, any Canadian can complete a university degree no matter their income.
-Immigrant Canadians can challenge courses they have taken in their previous country of residence.
-Courses can be taken casually by Canadians who are interested in a subject but not a degree.
-Eliminate entrance requirements.