Topic: Public policy

Protecting free speech on campus: A solution in search of a problem

This summer, mere days before the beginning of the semester at most universities in Ontario, Premier Doug Ford announced a new policy requiring “every publicly assisted college and university to develop and publicly post its own free speech policy by January 1, 2019, that meets a minimum standard specified by the government.”

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The persistent myth of the “skills gap”

By Michal Rozworski

You’ve likely heard or seen a story somewhere in the media that employers face a skills shortage, or “skills gap”. The message […]

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OCUFA and the University Funding Model review

By Judy Bates

OCUFA has taken a principled approach to its engagement with Ontario’s review of the university funding formula.

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The roles of government in corporatizing Canadian universities

By Jamie Brownlee

Government focus on boosting the economy and shrinking public expenditure has transformed our universities.

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A cautionary tale of marketization of postsecondary education

By Robert F. Clift

British Columbia’s experience with private postsecondary providers illustrates the danger of market logic in higher education.

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UK Higher Education wars: Federalism awakens

By Andrew M. Boggs

The seismic shifts in UK higher education policy can be understood through the lenses of federalism, regulation, and isolationism.

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Reviewing Ontario’s university funding

By Sue Herbert

The rationale for reviewing and reforming the way we fund universities.

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Higher education and growing inequality

By Simon Marginson

Rather than a tool of social mobility, higher education now reinforces inequality.

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Congress 2015: “Athens to the new Romes”

By Graeme

Yesterday, the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston gave a lecture as part of Congress 2015‘s Big Ideas lecture series. The topic […]

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Congress 2015: The one-sided higher ed conversation

By Graeme

There are missing voices in the public conversation around higher education, and it is hurting our ability to articulate alternative visions for […]

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