One Thought To Start Your Day
One of the best things that Statistics Canada ever did in the higher education field was the National Graduates’ Survey (NGS). OK, it wasn’t entirely Statscan – NGS has never been a core product funded from the Statscan budget but rather funded periodically by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) or HRDC or HRSDC or whatever earlier version of the department you care to name – but they were the ones doing the execution. After a trial run in the … [ Read More ]
One highly amusing by-product of the frantic Canada-EU-Walloon trade negotiation finale last fall was watching the UK government suddenly realize that negotiating agreements with a 27-country trade bloc is actually really difficult and that this Brexit thing is almost certainly not going to end well. Which of course has some reasonably significant implications for UK universities. But how exposed are UK universities to Brexit?
Arguably, the bigger post-Brexit implications have to do with staff who may be denied residency, future … [ Read More ]
Though here in egalitarian Canada we don’t like to talk about it much, the fact of the matter is that universities are selective. More people want to enter them than there are places available. The more prestigious the institution, the greater the imbalance between demand and supply of places, thus requiring more challenging and discerning barriers to entry (though self-selection reduces actual application numbers somewhat). The question is: on what basis should we select students?
(OK, some of you are … [ Read More ]
Back in the fall, the Canadian Alliance of University Teachers (CAUT) published an interesting little guidebook called CAUT’s Guide to Analyzing University & College Financial Statements, written by Cameron and Janet Morrill, two profs at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business. Stripped to its essentials, it purports to be a DIY guide for faculty to help hold their institutions to account over finances.
Nothing wrong with that. Learning how to read financial statements is a good thing. The … [ Read More ]
Sometimes New Year’s messages write themselves. I mean, it can’t be as bad as last year, right?
The first half of this year is going to be dominated by two issues: Science and Skills. This month, former University of Toronto President David Naylor will release his review of the Government of Canada’s Science Policies. There were a lot of high hopes for this report, some of which are likely going to be disappointed when it actually comes out. Too many … [ Read More ]