So-called “program prioritization processes” have been a hot topic at American and Ontario universities. But as Leo Groarke and Beverley Hamilton argue, the cost of PPP is much higher than many administrators realize.
The Conference Board of Canada has turned its attention to the debate around education and skills. What are the implications for graduate students and faculty?
Critics and commentators often get doctoral education wrong. As Bryan Gopaul argues, we need to appreciate the complexity of graduate education to get reforms right.
Breaking up with academia is hard to do. But what if your interests lie elsewhere?
In the UK, graduate education has taken a backseat to undergraduate learning. But as Elizabeth Bell explains, postgraduate programs there face significant challenges.
Universities—and graduate programs in particular—are often criticized for failing to match graduates with labour market needs. But as Jim Stanford argues, the idea of a “skills mismatch” just doesn’t add up.
Tenure-track positions in Canadian universities are getting harder to find. But recent research suggests that many full-time career opportunities exist in Canada’s colleges.
UCASS was an invaluable tool for collective bargaining and research into universities. Now that Statistics Canada has cancelled the dataset, faculty and administrators will need to find a trustworthy replacement.
Much progress has been made in improving access to government information. But much more must be done; governments should embrace the ideas of Open Data and automatic disclosure to ensure accountability and citizen participation in public life.
MOOCs are the hot new educational trend, garnering headlines around the world. But the hype conceals a speculative bubble, a gamble where public higher education has everything to lose and business interests have everything to gain.
The cancellation of the long form census in 2010 raised serious questions about the independence of Statistics Canada. Munir A. Sheik, former Chief Statistician of Canada, argues that Statistics Canada needs to be insulated from political interference to ensure good data and good public policy.