For the last eighteen months or so, I’ve been working on a project with colleagues Dominic Orr and Johannes Wespel of the Deutsche Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung (DZHW) for the European Commission, looking at the effects of changes in tuition fees and fee policies on institutions and students. The Commission published the results on Friday, and I want to tell you a little bit about them – this week I’ll be telling you about the effects on institutions, and next week I’ll summarize … [ Read More ]
I often get into discussions that go like this:
Me: Over time, the number of classes each professor teaches has gone down. Places where people used to teach 3/2 (three classes one term, two the other) now teach 2/1. Places where 4/3 or even 4/4 were common are now 3/2. This has been one of the main things making higher education more expensive in Canada.
Someone else (usually a prof): Yeah, but classes are so much larger now than they … [ Read More ]
It’s the little things that worry me. The slowdown in China. The continuing failure of the Euro-zone to grow. The fact that the ratio of the US Stock Market Cap to GDP is approaching the levels seen right before the crashes of 2001 and 2008. Our economy might muddle through, or it might not.
Now add on to economic uncertainty the clear evidence that governments are showing decreasing enthusiasm about supporting higher education – nationally, there’s been a real decline … [ Read More ]
I’ve been remiss the last month or so in not keeping you up-to-date with some of the big international rankings releases, namely the Leiden Rankings, the Times Top 100 Under 50 rankings, and the U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems.
Let’s start with Leiden (previous articles on Leiden can be found here, and here), a multidimensional bibliometric ranking that looks at various types of publication and impact metrics. Because of the nature of the data it uses, and the way it … [ Read More ]
Once upon a time, we thought that to indulge in serious thought, scholars needed to be protected from the hurly-burly of commerce and politics. That’s why an awful lot of American campuses were built out in the middle of nowhere (eg. Dartmouth, Princeton, U Illinois, U Indiana, U Virginia, U Washington), and why many of the medieval universities of Europe have walls – both were strategies to keep out the riff-raff.
Nowadays, of course, we think exactly the opposite. Urban … [ Read More ]