Academic Research vs. Political Propaganda: Lessons from the Fraser Institute’s Study of Minority-Language Education


In 2012 the Fraser Institute published a 138-page study entitled Official Language Policies of the Canadian Provinces: Costs and Benefits in 2006 that examined the financial impact of providing bilingual government services. It calculated that the provinces spend $900 million each year, mainly for minority-language education – English schooling in Quebec, French instruction elsewhere. A […]

Deciding on a career in the college sector


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.

More on bad Ontario/California comparisons


Ken Snowdon has released a paper that echoes our criticisms about Ian Clark’s recent article advocating “California Style”differentiation in Ontario. OCUFA, our publisher, has the complete document and a short summary. Snowdon’s analysis reveals several facts that should give policy-makers pause before they rush to emulate California: Clark’s analysis is a bad case of “apples-to-oranges” […]

The perils of California Dreamin’ in higher education


Writing in the National Post, Ian Clark argues that emulating California’s higher education system will increase the productivity and efficiency of Ontario’s universities. No doubt, this is an idea that will appeal to some, but the rest of us should be cautious in accepting his conclusions. Clark, along with David Trick and Richard Van Loon, […]


Lost in Translation after Graduation?


What students do after leaving the academy can be impressive, surprising, and, as one department found out, useful for universities interested in improving the student experience.