Topic: Data

The Indigenous diversity gap

By Malinda S. Smith and Nancy Bray

Where are the Indigenous Peoples in Canadian universities? Canadian postsecondary institutions have pursued equity, diversity, and inclusion policies and programs since the […]

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Citizen science can help solve our data crisis

By Tarun Katapally, University of Regina

Citizen science can help address data deficits. Shutterstock A recent news article in the Globe and Mail highlighted Canada’s data crisis and […]

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We all put too much emphasis on test scores

We live in testing times. We also live in a time of globalization, immigration and the internationalization of schools and universities around the world. Our current obsession with school accountability and student learning outcomes has resulted in the increased use and abuse of test scores — in particular language test scores.

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Looking at the big picture: A breakdown of university funding in Ontario through the decades

University revenues by student and government funding sources Ontario student fees have accounted for a greater share of current university revenues (primarily […]

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What happened to the issue of postsecondary education?

By André Turcotte and Heather Scott-Marshall

Postsecondary education is an issue that affects a majority of Ontarians, but it does not often feature prominently in provincial elections. How […]

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Canadian professors still face a gender pay gap

My sister and I are both professors. A few years ago, in the wake of the global financial crisis, she faced the possibility of a six per cent pay cut. She joked to me over the phone one night, “What am I going to do — have six per cent fewer thoughts?”

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Here’s how Canada can be a global leader in ethical AI

Canada’s research expertise in artificial intelligence (AI) has led to significant recent investment. But far fewer resources have been dedicated to the governance, ethics or social responsibilities of this new technology, leaving many different local initiatives to try to fill the gap.

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Unintended consequences: The use of metrics in higher education

By Gavin Moodie

Metrics are used throughout Ontario’s postsecondary education system—for determining university funding, judging institutional performance, and gauging student perceptions. But metrics are not […]

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Is there a metric to evaluate tenure?

By Tim Sibbald and Victoria Handford

How much can data meaningfully inform decisions about tenure? If data only tell part of the story, perhaps faculty should be evaluated […]

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The abuses and perverse effects of quantitative evaluation in the academy

By Yves Gingras

The world of academic research is scored according to so-called “objective” measures, with an emphasis on publications and citations. But the very […]

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