One Thought To Start Your Day
Last year, I wrote a blog post about what sessionals get paid, and how essentially it works out to about what assistant profs get paid for the teaching component of their jobs and that in this sense at least one could argue that sessionals in fact are getting equal pay for work of equal value.
I got a fair bit of hate mail for that one, mostly because people have trouble distinguishing between is-ought arguments. People seemed to think that because … [ Read More ]
This Government, man. It is something else.
Today, the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Shaking Hands With Tech Executives, is in Halifax to – are you ready for this? – kick off a nationwide tour to announce the shortlist of the Superclusters competition. Yes, the man has decided that it’s a good use of public money to spend the Parliamentary recess week jetting from one-part of the country to another announcing not the winners of this jumped-up contest but the shortlist. … [ Read More ]
Most people usually think of universities as being particularly stable, physically speaking. Sure, they grow a bit: if they are really ambitious they add a satellite campus here and there – maybe even set one up overseas. But by and large, the centre of the university itself stays put, right?
Well, not always. There are some interesting exceptions.
In the first place, the idea of a “university” as a physical place where teaching gets done is not a universal one. … [ Read More ]
I recently read the book A Perfect Mess: the Unlikely Ascendancy of American Higher Education by David Larabee. It’s very good – in fact, the first two chapters are for my money the best short history of pre-1900 American higher education ever written. I’m going to refer to this book a few times over the next couple of weeks. But today, I want to talk about an engaging little passage he penned about how business came to view college (that is, American … [ Read More ]
One of the holy grails in higher education – if you’re on the government or management side of things, anyway – is to find some means of actually measuring institutional effectiveness. It’s all very well to note that alumni at Harvard, Oxford, U of T (pick an elite university, any elite university) tend to go on to great things. But how much of that has to do with them being prestigious and selective enough to only take the cream of … [ Read More ]