One Thought To Start Your Day
Almost since the “world-class” university paradigm was established fifteen years ago, the concept has faced a backlash. The concept was too focussed on research production, it was unidimensional, it took no account of universities’ other missions, etc. etc. Basically the argument was that if people took the world class university concept seriously, we would have a university monoculture that ignored many important facets of higher education.
The latest iteration of this backlash comes in the form of the idea of … [ Read More ]
Over the last few months at HESA Towers we’ve been doing a lot of interviews of parents of grade 12 students, to help understand what it is that shapes and shifts their perceptions of higher education institutions. I can’t give away much of the content here (that’s for paying customers), but one issue I do think is worth a mention is what we’re finding about how families make decisions about post-secondary education.
The way researchers conceive of decision-making in post-secondary … [ Read More ]
Let’s do another blog on this topic because everyone loves talking executive compensation.
Yesterday we looked at Presidential pay in international comparison and saw that Canadian university Presidents have fairly low pay compared to equivalents in other English-speaking countries. But, one might argue, that’s the wrong metric. Maybe the real problem isn’t high pay so much as a relatively quick rise in pay over the past few years.
That’s a fair argument. But let’s see what the data says.
My data source … [ Read More ]
Over the summer, the revelation that the University of Alberta paid Indira Samarasekera two full years of administrative leave at over $550,000 per year after the conclusion her ten-year (two-term) Presidency caused a series of snit-fits, the most notable one being this one from Paige MacPherson, the Alberta Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
As I’ve noted before (here and here), Canadian university Presidents are not that well paid, at least by the standards of other Anglosphere universities. Paul Kniest, of Australia’s National Tertiary … [ Read More ]
Last week Statscan sent me a consultation form asking my opinions about their ideas on how to change UCASS (the University and College Academic Staff Survey, which like most Statscan products containing the word “college” does not actually include the institutions most of us call “colleges” i.e. community colleges). I’ve already said something about this effort back here to the effect that focussing so much effort on data collection re: part-time staff is a waste of time, but the consultation guide makes … [ Read More ]