One Thought To Start Your Day
Over the last few years, what with the recession and all, there has been increased pressure on post-secondary institutions to ensure that their graduates get jobs. Though that’s substantially the result of things like curriculum and one’s own personal characteristics, landing a job also depends on being able to get interviews and to do well in them. That’s where Career Services Offices (CSOs) come in.
Today, HESA released a paper that looks at CSOs and their activities. The study explores … [ Read More ]
Unless you’ve been out of the country, or under a rock, for the last couple of years, you’ll be at least vaguely familiar with the concept that the province of Ontario is broke. So broke, in fact, that it has departed radically from previous practice and, back in 2012, effectively froze physicians’ pay for two years. Not individual physicians, of course – but on aggregate. A zero overall increase. And the government is now working to try to extend this freeze … [ Read More ]
We all remember this spring’s controversy at the University of Saskatchewan over the firing of Robert Buckingham, which resulted in the resignation of the University’s Provost, Brett Fairbairn, and the firing of the President, Ilene Busch-Vishniac. Despite all the coverage, a number of key questions were never answered, like “how could anyone possibly think firing a tenured professor was a good idea?” And, “who’s idea was it to fire him anyway – the Provost’s or the President’s?”
We now have more … [ Read More ]
You may have noticed that Paul Cappon – former President of the Canadian Council of Learning – had a paper out last week about how what the country really needs is more federal leadership in education. It is desperately thin.
Cappon starts by dubiously claiming that Canada is in some sort of education crisis. Canada’s position as a world-leader in PSE attainment is waved away thusly: “this assertion holds little practical value when the competencies of those participants are at … [ Read More ]
One of the main struggles with measuring performance in higher education – whether of departments, faculties, or institutions – is how to measure the quality of teaching.
Teaching does not go entirely unmeasured in higher education. Individual courses are rated by students through course evaluation surveys, which occur at the end of each semester. The results of these evaluations do have some bearing on hiring, pay, and promotion (though how much bearing varies significantly from place to place), but these data … [ Read More ]