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, […]

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Zen and the Art of Metacognition: Quality-Based Discrimination, Peer Assessment & Technology


In 1974, Robert M. Pirsig wrote a book entitled “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, within which he provided a philosophical argument for the primacy of quality.  Quality is described as a metaphysical underpinning of , well, just about anything; an underpinning from which other characteristics can be derived.  I read this book for […]

Teaching Mentorship Matters


Learning how to teach is an important process of academic life. But when should it begin? How does it happen? Who should be involved? Who is responsible?