• Obscuring transparency and silencing dissent

  • LESSONS FROM THE EYE OF THE STORM: Chakmagate and Western University

  • COMMUNITY ON CAMPUS: A partner-ship for a more inclusive university

  • Faculty awaken to the university governance crisis in BC

  • Defending collegial governance at Brock University

  • Questioning the quality of the quality assurance process in Ontario’s Universities

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University grads have the skills to succeed. Now where are the jobs?

Getting the right skills for the job market is a hot topic these days. What skills are employers looking for? Are students prepared for the workforce? These questions are being discussed on university campuses, debated in national newspapers, and considered by policy-makers across jurisdictions. In a challenging labour market, it’s really no surprise that this […]

The persistent myth of the “skills gap”

You’ve likely heard or seen a story somewhere in the media that employers face a skills shortage, or “skills gap”. The message coming from employers is that workers or education system—or both!—just don’t cut it. Unfortunately, the story that there are too few qualified workers for the jobs available is largely a myth. Nobel Prize-winning […]

Editor Matters: Whose University is it anyway?

The past few years have seen university governance jump from relative obscurity and into the headlines. How universities are run is suddenly big news. The issue of Academic Matters you have in your hands right now contains first-hand accounts of some of the campus stories that have found their way into the national media. From […]

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Defending collegial governance at Brock University

Savage

The successful campaign against admin overreach at Brock University carries lessons for faculty everywhere. In September 2013, elected Senators at Brock University derailed a unilateral attempt by the institution’s president to establish a process for reviewing and prioritizing academic programs outside of the university senate’s purview. The successful mobilization in opposition to the Presidential Taskforce, spearheaded […]

Faculty awaken to the university governance crisis in BC

MacleanConlon

The resignation of Arvind Gupta reveals worrying trends and damaging ideas about Canadian university governance. The sudden resignation of a president is a disruptive event for any university, but when the reasons are shrouded in mystery and intrigue, the university has a severe governance crisis on its hands. On the afternoon of Friday August 7, […]

COMMUNITY ON CAMPUS: A partner-ship for a more inclusive university

KamenetsyDimacos

An innovative program at the University of Toronto Mississauga allows individuals with intellectual disabilities to experience university life. This is the story of a unique partnership between the University of Toronto, and Community Living Mississauga, a local charitable organization that provides support to individuals living with intellectual disabilities. These two organizations have joined forces to […]

LESSONS FROM THE EYE OF THE STORM: Chakmagate and Western University

HearnBorwn

The controversy around presidential pay at Western proved to be a flashpoint for taking back control. There was a powerful moment at the height of last year’s pay scandal at Western University, when president Amit Chakma spoke at Senate for the first time since revelations that he had been paid twice his normal salary in […]

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