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It’s that time of year again, where across the country students become interested in student government. Between now and the end of March (depending on your location) wannabe student leaders will be traipsing around campuses, giving 30-second class talks, putting up posters, and making promises of one sort or another. Like welcome week and spring break, it’s one of those campus rituals by which you can measure the passing of the seasons.
One of the surprising things (to me anyway) … [ Read More ]
As you all know, I spend a lot of time analyzing university finances, mainly because the data is easy to get and is quite detailed (Canadian higher education statistics are disastrous in many ways, but one area where our stats are better than almost anywhere else in the world is our institutional financial reporting – the FIUC Survey is genuinely world-class). But I normally don’t spend the same amount of time on community college, which is something … [ Read More ]
Today’s blog is a quick tour of the House of Commons Finance Committee report – released last month – as it relates to science and post-secondary education.
For the uninitiated, the Government of Canada’s budget process goes something like this: starting in late spring – maybe two months after the pervious budget – the political side of the Finance Department starts canvassing around government for big ideas (“themes” as they are known in the business). MPs spend some of their time over … [ Read More ]
I don’t usually comment on under-development Strategic Plans, but I’m going to make an exception for the University of British Columbia because they’re doing something that is either going to be incredibly transformational or seriously catastrophic.
Just a little bit of background. The process (a full time-line and process notes are here) has been about as inclusive as you’re likely to see at a major university. Which is to say, there have been a lot of test-the-water meetings but not necessarily … [ Read More ]
It’s been awhile since we’ve taken a policy tour out west, but it’s time I think to take a look at what’s going on in Alberta, where the NDP government is past its midpoint and starting to work towards an election in 2019.
One day, someone is going to write a fantastic political book about the Alberta NDP. This is a party that went from (essentially) nothing to government in the space of a few crazy weeks in 2015. They … [ Read More ]