One Thought To Start Your Day
London, May 4th, 2020
British Prime Minister Theresa May resigned her office today after a series of revelations that she had been in the pay of a foreign power since 2009. Though both parties continue to deny the specifics of the story, a series of leaks from Universities Canada in the Canadian capital of Ottawa made it clear that the British politician had been receiving payments from this country’s universities for over a decade.
One Canadian higher education expert said … [ Read More ]
Passing through Halifax airport on Thursday, I realised that I have been remiss in not yet having covered the party platforms for tomorrow’s provincial election. So, I set about reading the party platforms and then immediately wished I hadn’t because they’re basically a tidy encapsulation of most of what’s wrong with higher education policy in Canada.
Let’s start with the ruling Liberals. Now, they haven’t done badly by PSE in government, especially in their last budget, which saw the sector get a … [ Read More ]
I’m feeling low on creativity today, so I’m going to go to that old stand-by: telling war stories. And specifically, I’m going to go back and trace the rise of tax credits in the Canadian higher education system and what that tells us about policy-making in Canada.
Tax benefits for education go back to the late 1950s. There was pressure at the time to create a “national system of scholarships”, but this clearly was going to cause problems in Quebec. … [ Read More ]
The last couple of weeks have seen the unveiling of two massive but interesting strategic gambles taken by a couple of US public universities. The kind of strategy moves that universities in other countries can only dream about. I am speaking, of course, about the Purdue’s buy-out of Kaplan University and the University of Arizona’s attempt to create a global set of “microcampuses”.
Let’s start with the Kaplan/Purdue merger/buy-out/service agreement – what is it, exactly? Well, it isn’t easy to explain. Basically, … [ Read More ]
No, not Dwayne Johnson (though You’re Welcome is indeed a great song). I’m talking about Newfoundland (and Labrador), where the Minister of Advanced Education, Gerry Byrne, has decided to pick a fight with Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN).
Why, you ask? Good question.
MUN is in a position somewhat like the one the University of Alberta faced a couple of years ago, only worse. Up to about 2012, a decade of hydrocarbon-fueled provincial budgets made MUN a pretty fun place. The provincial … [ Read More ]