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November 23, 2008
  • Give every student a choice,” William Forrestall, Telegraph-Journal (Nov. 22/08, A11): Forrestall indicts the “smothering one-size-fits-all model” in New Brunswick schools: “When compared to most of Canada, New Brunswick education is trapped in a monopoly funding model, a model closely associated with administrative inefficiency and poor outcomes.” An approach not limited just to K-12 education, one might add.
  • Universities not alone with investment woes, minister says,” Adam Huras, Telegraph-Journal (Nov. 22/08, A3): no doubt, no doubt. But as minister of post-secondary education, shouldn’t Donald Arseneault be making the case for us and leaving other issues for their respective ministers?
  • Universities woo public instead of political parties,” The Gazette (Nov. 22/08): an editorial about how Québec institutions are making their case to the public given a “frosty” reception and attempts to curtail their autonomy from the provincial government. And the situation is dire: “the Quebec government provides less per student than any other province but New Brunswick.” Ouch.
  • Minister Day Highlights Canada’s New Education Brand,” news.gc.ca (Nov. 21/08): call me old-fashioned but I wonder if we shouldn’t think more of our reputation, than our “brand.”
  • From Bacherlos to bindles: protest advocates debt cap: New Brunswick students face the largest debt in the country upon graduation,” Zoe Williams, The Argosy.ca (Nov. 20/08): perhaps the demo at Mt Allison wasn’t pc, but then neither is having the highest rate of student debt in the country.
  • Quebec university endowments shrink: Administrators claim universities are protected from drastic losses,” Giuseppe Valiante, The McGill Daily (Nov. 20/08): but then every cloud has a silver lining: “But the poor state of the economy might prove to be a positive force for universities, [Judith Woodsworth, president of Concordia University] said. ‘People tend to go back to school, and enrollment goes up,’ she said.”
  • Students urge the federal government to enhance support for post-secondary education,” The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) (Nov. 19/08): “CASA is urging the federal government to increase transfer payments for post-secondary education and increase investments in student financial assistance.”
  • University leaders in unprecedented attack over funding,” Andrew Denholm, The Herald (Nov. 19/08): “A powerful group of university leaders yesterday attacked proposals to ring-fence more than 10% of higher education funding to pursue innovations that support the Scottish Government’s economic priorities.”
  • “Higher Education: Special Interest or National Asset?” David J. Skorton, The Chronicle of Higher Education (Nov. 17/08) (reg. req.; full text): “Higher education has not been on the [U.S.] national agenda except insofar as we are viewed as less and less affordable, and to some extent less relevant to a broad range of challenges. In effect, policy makers and the public view us as an elective at a time when more, not less, knowledge and preparation are needed to overcome our national difficulties. That must change.”
  • Tough times can bring out best in a democracy: Governments can use crisis to repair and rebuild infrastructure while fighting poverty,” (Nov. 17/08): lots of suggestions for government, including “They can invest in education, from preschoolers to post-secondary education, paying now to avoid the even greater costs of lost potential down the road.”
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One Comment
  1. Debra Lindsay permalink
    November 24, 2008 9:48 am

    Past experience (oh–and academic research) suggests that Woodsworth (Concordia) is correct regarding the link between enrolment trends and the economy. It is to be hoped that governments do not use this potential tuition “windfall” to freeze or cut-back on public funding. University administrations must be vigilant on this issue.

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