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The Big Five Proposal: Why We Shouldn’t Pick Winners

Just over a year ago, a debate emerged in Canada over the so-called “Big Five” proposal for Canadian universities. While it succeeded in grabbing headlines, I wouldn’t put my money on  it ever seeing the light of day. At best, the proposal represents ill-advised and overly-simplistic thinking.  At worst, it’s a shameless attempt by five university presidents to bring more prestige to their respective schools, irrespective of the impact on the broader post-secondary education system.

Last year, the presidents of