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As I go from campus to campus across the country, one of the things that truly astonishes me is the poor quality of conversation about money.
There are far too many campuses where the administration insists everything is fine, until it comes time to negotiate collective agreements (especially with faculty) – at which point everything is suddenly disastrous. As a result, faculties are naturally suspicious of these claims. If everything really is disastrous, they reason, why are we only hearing about this … [ Read More ]
When trying to make big-picture comparisons between Europe and North America, one big difference always shows up: the existence in Europe of large, Bachelors’-degree-delivering institutions, which are nevertheless not universities.
These go under various names in various places – ammattikorkeakoulu in Finland (which the government translates as “polytechnics”, but which institutions themselves choose to translate as “universities of applied sciences”), Hogescholen voor Hoger Beroepsonderwijs (or HBOs) in the Netherlands, or Fachhocschule in Germany and Austria. Because they are all “not-universities”, and because they all describe themselves as … [ Read More ]
There’s an interesting experiment developing at Osgoode law school involving the creation of (what is being called) an income-contingent loan system. Dean Lorne Sossin outlines the plan a little bit in his blog, here. There are some fairly big details missing from this description, for the quite good reason that the Dean is leaving a number of design features open, pending discussions with the faculty’s students. But one crucial thing about this program is being obscured by the term “loan”: … [ Read More ]
Last fall, Michelle Bachelet was once again elected as President of Chile, on a considerably more radical platform than that which propelled her to the same position eight years earlier. One of her many campaign promises was to make higher education completely free. This is a Big Deal. It’s not like Germany, where tuition was only ever a derisory sum; in Chile, tuition payments are equal to 2% of GDP, a larger percentage than anywhere else in the world, outside … [ Read More ]
A few years ago, Germany’s Supreme court declared that tuition fees were constitutional, thus paving the way for some states to experiment with fees. Seven of them (containing over half of all students) did so: Baden-Wurttemburg, Bavaria, Hamburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, and Saarland. The fees varied a bit from place to place, but most settled on a modest €500 (Hesse was €1000) – though in some places waiver systems meant that as many as a third of students paid … [ Read More ]