Topic: Universities and the academic mission

The November issue of Academic Matters is now live!

By Graeme Stewart

The great medieval universities – Paris, Bologna, Oxford – were places far removed from the tribulations of daily life. Under the protection […]


"Lowering Higher Education" - book cover

Ivory Tower Blues, the Sequel

By James E. Côté and Anton L. Allahar

The authors of 2007’s Ivory Tower Blues continue their exploration of a university system besieged and adrift.


Educating the Child in Enlightenment Britain - book cover

Plus ça change? Education in the Enlightenment and Now

By Mark G. Spencer

Stephen Bygrave, Uses of Education: Reading in Enlightenment in England (Bucknell, 2009) and Mary Hilton and Jill Shefrin, eds, Educating the Child in Enlightenment Britain: Beliefs, Cultures, Practices (Ashgate, 2009).


An exclaimation mark surrounded by question marks

The University: Punctuated by Paradox

By Simon Marginson

Old/new, engaged/separate, public/private, elite/mass-oriented, national/global. But for universities, Simon Marginson argues, paradox is vital.


Book covers for "Research and Innovation Policy" and "National Innovation and the Academic Research Enterprize"

Disentangling university research policies

By David Trick

G. Bruce Doern and Christopher Stoney (editors). Research and Innovation Policy: Changing Federal Government – University Relations. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009. David D. Dill and Frans A. Van Vught (editors). National Innovation and the Academic Research Enterprise: Public Policy in Global Perspective. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.


"Tapping the Riches of Science" - book cover

The entrepreneurial university

By Nicola C. Hepburn

A look at some institutions are coping with having to balance their traditional commitment to learning, basic research and community outreach with a demanding technology transfer mission. Roger L. Geiger and Creso Sá, Tapping the Riches of Science: Universities and the Promise of Economic Growth (Harvard University Press, 2009)


"Who Goes? Who Stays? What Matters?" - book cover

A fresh look at what counts towards student access and success

By Jayne Baker

Ross Finnie, Richard E. Mueller, Arthur Sweetman, and Alex Usher, eds., Who Goes? Who Stays? What Matters? Accessing and Persisting in Post-Secondary Education in Canada (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009).


"Higher Learning, Greater Good" - book cover

The greater good of higher education

By Kjell Rubenson

A review of Walter W. McMahon, Higher Learning, Greater Good: The Private and Social Benefits of Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).


"Policy and Performance in American Higher Education" - book cover

A policy maker’s handbook

By Mary Catharine Lennon

Richardson, R. and Martinez, M., Policy and Performance in American Higher Education: An Examination of Cases Across State Systems (Baltimore, Maryland: The John Hopkins University Press, 2009).