Editorial Matters


Sometimes it feels like we’re standing on a battlefied

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Military metaphors are tired, no question. Orwell cautions that we should never use clichés that we are accustomed to seeing in print, as they will “construct your sentences for you—even think your thoughts for you.” But with all respect to George— one of the clearest, if not greatest, prose writers of the 20th century— sometimes […]

More on bad Ontario/California comparisons

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Ken Snowdon has released a paper that echoes our criticisms about Ian Clark’s recent article advocating “California Style”differentiation in Ontario. OCUFA, our publisher, has the complete document and a short summary. Snowdon’s analysis reveals several facts that should give policy-makers pause before they rush to emulate California: Clark’s analysis is a bad case of “apples-to-oranges” […]

The perils of California Dreamin’ in higher education

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Writing in the National Post, Ian Clark argues that emulating California’s higher education system will increase the productivity and efficiency of Ontario’s universities. No doubt, this is an idea that will appeal to some, but the rest of us should be cautious in accepting his conclusions. Clark, along with David Trick and Richard Van Loon, […]

The November issue of Academic Matters is now live!

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The great medieval universities – Paris, Bologna, Oxford – were places far removed from the tribulations of daily life. Under the protection of the Church, scholars were free to pursue knowledge for its own sake without interference from the city fathers. They lived in near-literal ivory towers, soaring above the concerns of kings and peasants […]

Luisa D’Amato on Michelle Miller’s ‘Hot for Teacher’

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In the latest issue of Academic Matters, Michelle Miller wrote a provocative piece on the politics of student/professor sexual relationships. The article was featured on Inside Higher Ed, and has generated a lot of discussion. Luisa D’Amato wrote a response to the piece in the TheRecord.com. Luisa and The Record have kindly allowed us to reprint it here.

New video on the Worldviews Conference on Media and Higher Education

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Last June, Academic Matters and its parent organization OCUFA sponsored the first Worldviews Conference on Media and Higher Education. It was a great event, well attended by the media, scholars, administrators and communications professionals. The fine folks at RDV Productions shot some video of the conference, and have recently unveiled the result. It’s a great […]