Topic: Knowledge and skills development

The Conference Board of Canada Enrolls in the skills and PSE debate

By Carl G. Amrhein, Michael Bloom, and Diana MacKay

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?

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To be or not to be a PhD: Is that still the question?

By Bryan Gopaul

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.

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Life beyond the PhD

By Jennifer Polk

Breaking up with academia is hard to do. But what if your interests lie elsewhere?

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Canada’s sluggish labour market and the myth of the skills shortage

By Jim Stanford

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.

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Deciding on a career in the college sector

By Linda Muzzin

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.

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Conference Board of Canada announces skills and post-secondary education project

By Erica Rayment

There seems to be a recurring theme in discussions about post-secondary education policy – we talk a lot about big ideas (innovation, […]

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Influencing Universities to Embrace Learning Outcomes: Why JOBS is a Dirty Four Letter Word

By Steve Joordens

“Looming low and ominous, in twilight premature, thunderheads are rumbling in a distant overture” (Neil Peart, from the RUSH song Jacob’s Ladder).  […]

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Becoming Prof 2.0

By Melonie Fullick

In October 2010, “So You Want to Get a PhD in the Humanities” was posted on YouTube and began to circulate rapidly […]

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Lost in Translation after Graduation?

By Pamela Cushing, Ph.D. & Kimberly Ruiter, B.A., King’s University College at Western University

What students do after leaving the academy can be impressive, surprising, and, as one department found out, useful for universities interested in improving the student experience.

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Copyright discourse in the academy: Values, policies, and technology

By Tony Horava

The university needs to appreciate better the intertwined relationship between values, policies, and technologies with respect to copyright issues.

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