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Mental illness on campus really is ‘a thing’

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Unlike his former classmates, Alex isn’t writing final exams right now, or searching for a summer job, or choosing electives for next year. Alex is no longer a student at all. As an academic leader responsible for student affairs, I know that Alex (not the student’s real name) was diagnosed with a severe mental health […]

A university president apologizes for academia’s role in residential schools

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Earlier this month, I stood before hundreds of people gathered at the University of British Columbia and publicly apologized for the role my university played in perpetuating the Canada’s Indian residential school system, which caused harm to Indigenous people for more than a century. Many survivors of residential schools were in the audience. As president […]

Can we really teach ‘Indigenizing’ courses online?

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On April 16, Canadians — and internet users around the world — have the opportunity to participate in “Indigenous Canada,” a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered through the University of Alberta and the Coursera consortium of online learning providers. Similar courses — for instance on “Reconciliation through Indigenous education” and “Aboriginal worldviews and education” […]

Stop treating students like customers and start working with them as partners in learning

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Students and lecturers at the University of Queensland researching ‘students as partners’ activities across Australian universities. The University of Queensland University is a big investment. Students want value for money because a future of debt is scary. But there is also a danger when we talk about higher education only in financial terms. It shifts […]

Whiteness characterises higher education institutions – so why are we surprised by racism?

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Rufaro Chisango, a black student at Nottingham Trent University, tweeted a video of students chanting “we hate the blacks” outside of her dorm. This shockingly racist abuse has quite rightly drawn widespread condemnation. Whenever someone does something explicitly racist, it’s often framed as an isolated incident. This doesn’t just misrepresent the experiences of black and […]

Why the web has challenged scientists’ authority – and why they need to adapt

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Academia is in the midst of a crisis of relevance. Many Americans are ignoring the conclusions of scientists on a variety of issues including climate change and natural selection. Some state governments are cutting funding for higher education; the federal government is threatening to cut funding for research. Resentful students face ever increasing costs for […]

Four ideas for reforming higher education policy-making in Australia

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Just about everyone (including the government) agrees the government’s most recent higher education reform package would not have addressed the biggest issues confronting Australian tertiary education. The failure of the government’s Big Bang proposals announced in the 2016 budget to uncap fees and extend subsidies to private providers led the government not to change direction but to proceed far more modestly. Even that failed.

Ensuring equity for LGBTQ Canadians on the road

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Some LGBTQ Canadians who travel for work may purchase an extra laptop or cell phone to ensure no personal photos or contacts are on their devices. Bambi Corro/Unsplash Within the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics, there have been obvious advances for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) people and their allies. LGBTQ Olympians from several countries, […]