You may remember a blog I wrote last year concerning something called the Tennessee Promise. Described by some as a “free tuition” program, essentially what it did was ensure that every Tennessee student enrolled in a Tennessee community college received student aid at least equal to tuition. In the fall, the state touted that first year, direct-from high-school enrollments in Tennessee colleges had increased by fourteen percent. But now, however, some more complete data is available in the form of … [ Read More ]
1) Changing Disciplines
In the last five years or so, I’ve seen a real change in the way Aboriginal students are moving through the country’s PSE system. For a whole number of reasons, aboriginal students were traditionally concentrated either in humanities disciplines like history and sociology, or they were in disciplines which led to careers in social services or direct band employment (child care, police foundations, education, nursing). STEM and Business fields simply weren’t in the picture. That’s changed substantially over … [ Read More ]
I see that Ken Coates and Bill Morrison have just written a new book called Dream Factories: Why Universities Won’t Solve The Youth Jobs Crisis. I haven’t read it yet, but judging by the title I’d assume that it makes pretty much the same argument Coates made back in this 2015 paper for the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, which in effect was “fewer university students, more tradespeople!” (my critique of this paper is here)
With the fall in commodity prices, it’s … [ Read More ]
This is part 2 of a two-parter on how Canadian universities spend their money. All the stuff about what data I’m using, caveats thereto, etc., are available in yesterday’s post. If you missed yesterday, go catch up here.
First, two small mea culpas from yesterday. First, due to a cut/paste error, part of the data on student services that went out yesterday was slightly off, but has now been corrected on the website. Second, I neglected to mention that the … [ Read More ]
Just for giggles the other day, I took a look at Canadian university expenditures in 2013-14 using (as usual) the CAUBO/Statscan Financial Information of Universities and Colleges Survey. I looked at operating expenditures by category. Then I normalized them per FTE student. And I got some very weird results which I thought I would share with y’all.
What I am going to do in this series is show you the results for the main categories of expenditure which are “non-academic”. … [ Read More ]