Previous Articles on PSE
Previous Articles on PSE - 2011
- Blame the teacher (October)
For some reason, when there are discussions about shortcomings in our education system, such as the recent Globe editorial “Canadian universities must reform or perish”, there is a call to blame the teachers, or, when we talk about universities, we blame “underperforming” professors.
- Will an undergrad degree really help you get a better job? (October 24)
Record numbers of first-year university students flocked to campus this fall—but that hasn’t stopped nagging questions about the value of a bachelor’s degree.
- University of Toronto ranked in the top 20 best universities in the world (October 6)
University students often have pretty strong feelings about their school being the best.
- Inside the entitlement generation (September 17)
Ken Coates sat in on a recent presentation to executives of some of Canada’s biggest companies. It reviewed the results of a massive survey of university students about their work expectations.
- How can universities help cities grow? (September 14)
When it comes to using educational systems as an economic development tool, we lag behind such global centres of innovation as California’s Silicon Valley.
- Minister OKs McGill MBA Fees (September)
In a surprise twist, the Quebec education ministry has decided to allow McGill to charge $32,500 — more than 10 times the provincial cap on tuition fees — for its MBA program starting this September.
- Student financial planning 101 (August 22)
Trevor James has one more year to go before university but conversations about how to finance his academic dream of getting a PhD in history are already taking place at the family dinner table.
- Wanted: clear thinking on educating the work force (May 9)
In a recent column, I criticized Canadian universities for turning away up to half of applicants for in-demand programs such as engineering, information technology and health care, while continuing to allocate much of their money to programs with poor job prospects.
- In the digital age, the much-maligned, liberal-arts degree still has deep value (May 9)
As the academic year comes to an end, graduates in the humanities and social sciences may be indulging in the familiar springtime ritual of liberal-arts bashing. For what kind of a job does the study of ancient Greek history or the philosophy of Immanuel Kant prepare them?
- When a university degree just isn’t enough (May 9)
The bachelor of arts was once a distinction that opened the gates to myriad options and rewarding jobs. But the BA’s sheen has worn away, to the point where even many of those who choose to complete one see it only as a stepping stone to the degree they really need.
- Quebec penalizes McGill for MBA program (March 15)
Quebec is cutting its annual subsidy to McGill University by more than two million dollars.
- A history of university unionism at PSAC (March 4)
Approximately fifty activists, employees and members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) met Wednesday evening (2 March) for the launch of a pamphlet on the history of the unionization of Quebec universities: Changing course: University unions and PSAC- A look back.
- Literacy remains priority for Atlantic ministers of education, training (January 24)
- CANADA: Universities face many challenges (January 9)
- Ricardo Duchesne: Progressives are running the universities (January 3)
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