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There is a revolution going on in Ontario’s higher education system, but remarkably, very few people have noticed it yet. Henceforth, Ontario will have not just a college system and a university system, but also a third category of institutions which does not have a name but which, for the moment are called Indigenous Institutes but which may well soon be called Indigenous Universities.
Trust me, this is big.
There have been “indigenous institutes” for nearly 35 years ago in Ontario … [ Read More ]
I have a strong message today. It’s mostly for people in social science fields (especially Deans and Department heads), but I think Provosts, VPs Research and President will want to pay attention. The message is this: the academic profession in Canada desperately needs to take its head out of its collective behind when it comes to public service.
Universities have a schizophrenic attitude when it comes to public service. Ask any university President about the value of their institution to … [ Read More ]
This is part II of a blog on new enrolment data. I’ll be focussing on the universities data today because the change there is more dynamic. (I know, I know, college peeps: I don’t pay enough attention to you. I’ll try to make this up to you next week).
So let’s look at the division of undergraduate enrolment for a second. Figure 1 shows the split between fields of science. The Big Six are Social Science & Law (20%), Business/Commerce/Administration … [ Read More ]
In December, Statistics Canada released its 2015/2016 enrolment data from the Post-Secondary Student Information System. I didn’t quite have time to get to it before the break, but on New Year’s Day I decided to take a little stroll through the data. Here’s what I found:.
The first obvious thing to note is that growth in student numbers is a thing of the past. For the second straight year, total enrolment in Canadian post-secondary is down slightly, which is the first time … [ Read More ]
Every once in awhile I get asked: how come Canadians call the “universities” but Americans call them “colleges” and I had to confess that I really didn’t know beyond “it has something to do with the original American institutions being modelled on English universities and the Canadian ones on Scottish ones”. But over Xmas, I did some reading and found the actual answer. I think.
Anyways, here’s my understanding: back in the 13th century, when the first two real European universities … [ Read More ]