One Thought To Start Your Day
One of the huge – and insufficiently studied – differences between North America and European higher education is the way programs are structured, at least as far as Arts and Sciences go.
In most of Europe, entering a program in (say) history means you have to learn a set field of knowledge and skills. By entering into a 90-credit program in a particular field, you have a fair idea of which courses you will be taking over the next three … [ Read More ]
It’s all-Council-of-Ontario-Universities this week on the blog, but that’s because they’re the ones putting out the great data. Today, it’s the annual survey on graduate outcomes which looks at how bachelor’s degree graduates are faring in the labour market. Standard caveat: Ontario =/= Canada, but it produces nearly half the country’s bachelor degrees so it’s bound to be close to the national average and the trends you see here are unlikely to be much different that those you see anywhere else.
Figure 1 shows … [ Read More ]
Today I want to go back to that COU report on academic staff I described yesterday (mind-blowing because of how much previously unavailable data it provided) and pick up on the other set of issues it raised: namely, the status of part-time and non-tenure track staff (ie. sessionals). The data is not perfect, but it is by several orders of magnitude the best thing ever published on the subject. So here goes.
The report makes a distinction between tenure stream … [ Read More ]
Buckle up everyone. COU just did what universities have been telling everyone for years was impossible: publishing actual useful admin data on faculty workloads and sessionals from every university in Ontario bar the University of Toronto (speculate away as to why this is: the footnotes imply it’s because it couldn’t put together the data together properly).
It’s all right here. Read it. It’s the best data ever put together on Canadian faculty.
Oddly enough, COU published this yesterday with no fanfare … [ Read More ]
Inequality is perhaps the great political issue of the 21st century (so far anyway). And while Canada isn’t exactly a world-beater on this score, we do show up a heck of a lot better than some of our peers – say in the UK, France or certainly the US. Despite lots of great work by people like Miles Corak, there’s no real agreement as to why this is: is it more robust social programs? A more powerful union movement? Our immigration … [ Read More ]