Date lodged: 25 August 2016
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the findings in the Audit Scotland report, Scotland's colleges 2016, whether it will conduct an assessment into college reform impacts on student populations to take account of the 48% reduction in the number of part-time students at colleges.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 14 September 2016
Over the last Parliament, we maintained 116,000 Full-time Equivalent college places. We shall continue this commitment, focused on purposeful, job-focused learning. We shall also continue to support a range of part-time and full-time provision: short courses leading to progression remain available, and the number of part-time college enrolments in Higher Education and further education has remained stable since 2012-13.