The 2015-16 version of Financial Information of Universities and Colleges Survey (which, confusingly, doesn’t include community colleges) was released over the summer. As in previous years I’m going to do a little summary of what it tells us about how income and expenditure has change over one year and five years. Just so we’re all clear, all figures here are in real (i.e. inflation-adjusted) dollars. And – caveat – comparisons with 2010-11 are a little weird because Quebec universities changed their fiscal … [ Read More ]
The Shanghai Rankings (technically, the Academic Ranking of World Universities) came out a couple of weeks ago. This is the granddaddy of all international rankings; the one that started it all, and still perceived as the most stable and reliable measure of scientific hubs; essentially it measures large concentrations of scientific talent. And there were some very interesting results for Canada, the most intriguing of which is the fact that McGill has fallen out of Canada’s “top 3”, replaced by … [ Read More ]
The federal government has been somewhat quiet on the subject of science funding since the release of the Fundamental Science Review (see previous blogs here here and here) back in April. Within much of the scientific community, which for the most part fell head over heels in love with the Report, this has given cause for concern; personally, I think this is pretty much par for the course, and we aren’t likely to see much in the way of hints about the size of any possible … [ Read More ]
This is my last blog of the academic year. I may post once or twice during the summer, if something big happens or if someone important says something titanically stupid and I need to vent, but otherwise I’ll keep your inboxes unsullied for a couple of months. For those of you who have trouble drinking your 7AM (EST) coffee without reading this blog, my apologies, but it’s time for batteries to re-charge.
When I return on August 28th, it will be in … [ Read More ]
We seem to be in a period in Canada where money for “skills” is in vogue, mainly because it is seen as a panacea for lots of quite separate problems. At a really high-order level, you’ve got the Innovation ministry in Ottawa pounding the drum on skills because the tech industry says skills are a bottleneck to whatever kind of tech-powered Nirvana the Minister imagines Canada to be headed towards. And then you’ve got the Employment and Social Development Ministry … [ Read More ]