The Conference Board of Canada has turned its attention to the debate around education and skills. What are the implications for graduate students and faculty?
Monthly Archives: November 2013
All this talk of innovation, transformation, and inspiration has got me thinking of bus rides. Universities today swim in a sea of overwrought rhetoric. They trumpet their patents, their entrepreneurship, their empowering humanities research; they build transformative community synergies and interdisciplinary partnerships; they link up with business and government to produce ground-breaking research. And it’s […]
Critics and commentators often get doctoral education wrong. As Bryan Gopaul argues, we need to appreciate the complexity of graduate education to get reforms right.
Breaking up with academia is hard to do. But what if your interests lie elsewhere?
We only do an issue of Academic Matters if we think the topic is important, timely, or relevant to the current state-of-play for higher education. But I have to admit that this graduate student issue has a special importance for me. That’s the effect of having a bit more skin in the game, I suppose. […]
In the UK, graduate education has taken a backseat to undergraduate learning. But as Elizabeth Bell explains, postgraduate programs there face significant challenges.
Universities—and graduate programs in particular—are often criticized for failing to match graduates with labour market needs. But as Jim Stanford argues, the idea of a “skills mismatch” just doesn’t add up.
Tenure-track positions in Canadian universities are getting harder to find. But recent research suggests that many full-time career opportunities exist in Canada’s colleges.