Topic: Equity and social justice

Why universities and colleges should think twice before punishing student protesters

Student activists are calling attention to a wide range of issues on campus. Drew Angerer/Getty Images For much of the 2019-2020 academic […]

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How to make universities more inclusive? Hire more working-class academics

  Matej Kastelic/Shutterstock For several years, higher education institutions have been putting in place widening participation initiatives. These are designed to help […]

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Residential school literature can teach the colonial present and imagine better futures

A detail of the book cover for ‘Seven Fallen Feathers’ by Tanya Talaga. (House of Anansi Press/’Seven Fallen Feathers,’ book cover art […]

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What liberals and conservatives get wrong about free expression on university and college campuses

Demonstrators shout slogans during a rally for free speech near the University of California, Berkeley campus. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez When it […]

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Universities must open their archives and share their oppressive pasts

The archives of academic institutions can tell previously untold stories of eugenics. Universities can begin to undo oppressive legacies by opening them […]

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Should university and college funding be tied to how many students graduate?

Colleges are increasingly being judged on how many students graduate. But is tying funding to graduation rates the way to go? George […]

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Women in engineering: Barriers remain 30 years after École Polytechnique shooting

Engineering programs can learn about recruitment, inclusion and retention from different fields. (Shutterstock) The 30th anniversary of the Montréal Massacre is an […]

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Editorial Matters: Economics and inequality

By Ben Lewis

It is commonly understood that postsecondary education ought to focus on fostering curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, and vigorous debate, with the goal […]

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Trending towards inequality: Understanding the role of universities in the rise of contract academic work

By Kimberly Ellis-Hale and Glen Copplestone

The 1990s are key to understanding how Ontario’s postsecondary institutions have systematically entrenched economic inequality between contract and tenure-stream faculty. Even with […]

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Healthy research ecosystem—healthy researchers? The researcher as an organism of focus within a research ecosystem

By Michelle L.A. Nelson and Ross Upshur

The academic research environment is changing and researchers report struggling to adapt in order to be successful. Funding shortfalls are perennial, but […]

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