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My friend and colleague Ross Finnie has just published a remarkable series of papers on long-term outcomes from higher education, which everyone needs to go read, stat.
What he’s done is taken 13 years of student data from the University of Ottawa and linked it to income tax data held by Statistics Canada. That means he can track income patterns by field of study, not over the puny 6-24 month period commonly used by provincial surveys, or the new 36-month … [ Read More ]
There’s no polite way to say this: Canadian universities have an Arts problem.
At the heart of institutions’ looming fiscal problems is their inability to convince major customer groups (government, students) to pay the desired price for the product they’re offering. The reason for this, mainly, is the perception that the product on offer is not value-for-money. Part of this is due to our ludicrously opaque student aid systems, which lead students and families and politicians into thinking that net … [ Read More ]
One of the things foreigners always get wrong about the American higher education system is tuition fees. The external perception of tuition is driven by what’s happening at the famous private institutions, mainly in the country’s northeast. But that’s not even close to being the whole story.
Figure 1: Tuition by Type of Institution, United States, 2014-15
It is true that tuition at private non-profits is pretty … [ Read More ]
When should a student be considered independent of his or her parents for the purpose of calculating student assistance? It’s a tricky question, which generates different answers in different parts of the world.
Most student loan schemes require some kind of test of parental income for at least some of their clients. In some places, it’s a way to save money – there isn’t enough to go around, so let’s prioritize the less well-off. In other places (including Canada), it’s … [ Read More ]
History lesson: Back in 1864, Canada West (i.e. Ontario) was getting hot under the collar about a little thing called representation by population. Since the Durham Report, the two Canadas had been governed under a system that gave both Upper and Lower Canada a veto over legislation. This had made sense when the two colonies were roughly the same size, but now that Canada West was growing faster, it seemed like a bad deal.
The solution to this problem was … [ Read More ]