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Further to Tuesday’s blog about STEM panics, I note a new report out from Canada 2020, a young-ish organization with pretensions to be the Liberals’ pet think tank called Skills and Higher Education in Canada: Towards Excellence and Equity. Authored by the Conference Board’s Daniel Munro, it covers most of the ground you’d expect in a “touch-all-the-bases” report. And while the section on equity is pretty good, when it comes to “excellence” this paper – like many before it – draws … [ Read More ]
I recently had the chance to read a re-issue of Simon Marginson and Mark Considine’s, The Enterprise University: Power Governance and Reinvention in Australia. It’s a heck of a good read; among those currently writing about higher education, Marginson’s probably got the best turn of phrase around. Some of it – around managerialism and the role of research expenditure in cementing it – seems a bit dated now, in the sense that no one would any longer find it surprising. And the … [ Read More ]
Harvard’s Michael S. Teitelbaum came out with an interesting new book last month called, Falling Behind? Boom, Bust and the Global Race for Scientific Talent. Though it’s a very US- focused book, it’s worth a read as a corrective to the occasional hysterics that people have in Canada about our alleged STEM crisis.
The book starts with a wonderful chapter called “No Shortage of Shortages”, which suggests that the current STEM-shortage panic is the sixth in the US since Sputnik. He … [ Read More ]
Some really sobering stuff in a paper I just got from Statscan called, “Job Market Realities for Post-Secondary Graduates”. Listen to this:
“Graduates of a field with low unemployment and little underemployment were also likely to earn high salaries and be content with their jobs. They were usually graduates of job-oriented fields such as engineering, teacher training, most health disciplines, business, computer science and some technologies.” “A more general education in subjects with little practical application often (leads) to a … [ Read More ]
There was an interesting Statscan paper out yesterday that made some fascinating observations about education, immigration, and human capital. With the totally hip title, The Human Capital Model of Selection and the Economic Outcomes of Immigrants (authors: Picot, Hou and Qiu), it’s a good example both of what Statscan-type analyses do well, and do poorly.
At one level, it’s a very good study. It uses the Longitudinal Administrative Databank (Statscan’s coolest database – it’s a longitudinal 20% sample of all of the … [ Read More ]