One Thought To Start Your Day
I was in Berlin last week giving a keynote at the 20th Anniversary conference of the CHE (Centre for Higher Education Policy). The topic was – promise not to laugh – “What Germany can Learn From Canada”.
You said you wouldn’t laugh. Last time I trust you lot.
Anyways, the speech basically revolved around the following graph, which shows Canada’s impressive increase in university participation rates:
Figure 1: 18-21 University Participation Rates, Canada, 1992-2014
TD economist Ed Clark gave an enormously important talk last week, which deserves a lot of attention. You can get the gist of it from two quotes:
“To return to the path to prosperity, Canada needs to stop wasting time worrying about how to get low-wage jobs back from the U.S. or abroad and start thinking about how to use our well-educated population, immigration policies and public health care to our advantage”.
“Stop competing with Michigan. Start competing with Massachusetts”.
Tomorrow is the 25the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.
I remember the trauma of it. I also remember the way it mobilized people: Now, surely, things would change. Now, surely, things would be different.
Looking at things today, I’m not sure our 1989 selves would be all that excited about how things have turned out.
Enough from me, though. My voice isn’t one that matters today. Just spare a few minutes. Go to a service. Remember the dead. We still … [ Read More ]
We’ve all heard of Open Universities, and we’ve all heard of Open Data. But have you ever heard of Open University Data?
Me neither. And there’s a reason for that. Two, actually. Lack of volition, and lack of co-ordination.
Lack of volition is the easy one. Higher Education is a prestige economy. The cardinal rule is: do not diminish your institution’s prestige. The institution must be presented in the best possible light at all times. Therefore, there is no incentive … [ Read More ]
So, here’s the problem: Canadian governments are mostly broke. Even the ones that didn’t look broke a couple of months ago (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland) are now very definitely broke (especially Newfoundland). There’s no money for PSE. Everybody knows that.
So, equally, everyone knows that the only way institutions are going to avoid a crunch is either by turning themselves into finishing schools for the Asian middle class, or by charging domestic students higher tuition fees. No one genuinely thinks the … [ Read More ]