November 2013

Grad Students: An uncertain future

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Editorial Matters: Skin in the game

We only do an issue of Academic Matters if we think the topic is important, timely, or relevant to the current state-of-play […]

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Humour Matters: The long, slow bus ride to the future

By Steve Penfold

All this talk of innovation, transformation, and inspiration has got me thinking of bus rides. Universities today swim in a sea of […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Graduate education in the UK: The postgraduate puzzle

By Elizabeth Bell

In the UK, graduate education has taken a backseat to undergraduate learning. But as Elizabeth Bell explains, postgraduate programs there face significant challenges.

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