Previous Articles on PSE
Previous Articles on PSE - 2012
- Donors, schools, profs seek peace after turmoil in education philanthorp (December 2012)
- 22 percent is not enoug (November 27)
- Banking on Innovation (November 28)
Renovations at historic Mt. A house raise concerns about who will pay (November 27)
- STU releases faculty salary information (November 16)
Russel earns less than counterpart at UNB.
- St. Thomas University president earns lowest salary (November 15)
Liberal arts university pays 62 staff members more than $100,000.
- Province’s universities release top salaries list (November 14)
Earnings Details disclosed after faculty association right to information request.
- UNB president’s salary could hit $349,999 (November 13)
Mount Allison University pays its president as much as $329,999.
- Federal government cutting NRC jobs in city (October 31)
NDP says this is the tip of the iceberg.
- Students give a report card (Ocobert 29)
UNB is wise to listen to its students.
- Report Reveals Hefty Admin Cost Increases at Nova Scotia Universities (October)
The number of administrative positions and compensation for senior administrators at many Nova Scotia universities have grown disproportionately – some wildly so – compared to faculty and support staff increases at a time when post-secondary institutions were under severe constraints, according to a report recently issued by the Association of Nova Soctia University Teachers.
- L’Aquila quake- Italy scientists guilty of manslaughter (October 22)
Six Italian scientists and an ex-government official have been sentenced to six years in prison over the 2009 deadly earthquake in L’Aquila.
- Has Concordia University learned its lessons (October 15)
It’s been quick to make changes after a report highlighted a “culture of contempt”.
- Universities in the spotlight (October 15)
In our view: Salary ranges at N.B.’s post-secondary institutions should be made public promptly.
- New Brunswick universities won’t release senior management costs – faculty (October 11)
- Province’s university tuition costs lowest in Maritimes, says report (October 11)
Education Undergraduate rates are up by 2.5 to 3.7 per cent this year, says commission.
- Sad times for Freedom of Information (October 10)
The four New Brunswick universities are now subject to the Right to Information Act. So why are they taking on so long to disclose salary information?
- Open up the ivory towers (October 5)
In our view: Let's have more transparency from universities
- Editor's note- Education needs a course correction (October 5)
This October, the Globe and Mail begins an in-depth examination of an issue that is critical to Canada’s future: post-secondary education. More related articles:
- The Globe’s advisory panel on how students learn
- Can Canada's schools pass the next great intelligence test
- What if anyone around the world could learn from the best instructors for free?
- The separate and equal university
- What if you only took one class at a time?
- Finding ways to help pay soaring university fees
- Top Canadian universities drop in world rankings (October 4)
The presidents of Canada’s most prominent universities are issuing a call to action after six of the country’s eight top-ranked schools lost ground in the latest edition of one of the most influential university rankings.
- Universities seek more time to release their presidents’ salaries and expenses (October 3)
Universities seek more time to release their presidents’ salaries and expenses.
- David Alward's new cabinet (September 27)
- Students say loan assessment unfair to parents (September 17)
Kristen Maillet isn’t sure how she’s going to come up with the money to pay for school this year.
- Bring polytechnics to New Brunswick (September 15)
Boston based polytechnic MIT just won the QS rankings as the number one university in the world.
- Canada's made a choice - health, not education (September 12)
An incremental but fundamental change happened in Canada within the past decade.
- Foreign students encouraged to stay (September 12)
Minister says new Canadians want economic opportunity.
- Woman’s World May Be Coming Soon (September 12)
In the current edition of the Economist magazine there is a review of the new book by Hanna Rosin provocatively entitled The End of Men: And the Rise of Women.
- Women now half of working population (September 12)
For the first time, New Brunswick women formed half of the working population in the province in 2011.
- Tuition fees rising faster than incomes and inflation, report warns (September 11)
A new report suggests tuition fees are becoming less affordable for many Canadians, forcing an increasing number of students to take on heavy debt loads.
- Students frustrated over lack of action on concerns (September 7)
A former student leader who dealt extensively with the Department of Post-Secondary Education under the last two governments says the Conservatives don’t understand the negative effects their policies have had on university and college students in the province.
- Debt Collectors Cashing In on Student Loans (September 8)
At a protest last year at New York University, students called attention to their mounting debt by wearing T-shirts with the amount they owed scribbled across the front — $90,000, $75,000, $20,000.
- UNB and STU students remove premier’s message (September 7)
Instead of the annual premier’s message, student agendas at two New Brunswick universities will contain information about how students feel the government’s actions have been against their interests.
- Secrecy around university salaries must end group (September 5)
The pay and benefits of senior university administrators in New Brunswick will soon be disclosed for the first time.
- LIBERALS CHARGE DEPARTMENT LACKS LEADERSHIP (September 4)
The Liberal Post-Secondary Education critic is questioning the ability of Post-secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Martine Coulombe to lead her department.
- University is still the surest path to prosperity (September 3)
Like the rush to buy new running shoes for the kids and the shortening of summer evenings, the last days of August routinely bring a wave of commentaries questioning the value of a university education, bemoaning the cost of tuition and lamenting a supposed bygone golden age of higher education.
- Why we should all care about student debt (August 29)
Whether they are studying arts or sciences, today’s college and university students are majoring in debt.
- There's no online substitute for a real university classroom (August 18)
You hear a lot of talk about how universities and teachers are expensive dinosaurs and how the future of teaching lies online.
- Report urges Canada to double down on foreign students to fuel innovation (August 14)
The task force responsible for the report, headed by Western University president Amit Chakma, wants Ottawa to boost the number of international students from about 239,130 to 450,000 in 10 years – from kindergarten through Grade 12 and post-secondary institutions – without taking away seats from Canadians.
- The Precarious Profession of University President (July 23)
The time in office for public-university presidents is shrinking rapidly, notwithstanding the recent reinstatement of the University of Virginia’s president, Teresa A. Sullivan.
- Free online university courses now the norm (July 23)
A few months ago, free online courses from prestigious universities were a rarity.
- Done with Donations (July 19)
On July 16, Jack and Judith Kornblatt wrote an email to Concordia staff titled “We will no longer donate.”
- The Trouble With Online Education (July 18)
“AH, you’re a professor. You must learn so much from your students.”
- A Response to Critics of Tenure (July 17)
In the past month, I’ve been in at least four meetings in which tenure has been heavily criticized by those who do not have it or operate outside academe.
- Consortium of Colleges Takes Online Education to New Level (July 17)
As part of a seismic shift in online learning that is reshaping higher education, Coursera, a year-old company founded by two Stanford University computer scientists, will announce on Tuesday that a dozen major research universities are joining the venture.
- Say hello to the ConU bourgeoisie (July 13)
$40,000 luxury rental car yet another example of poor university spending.
- Supreme Court copyright decisions uphold fair dealing rights, marking big victory for education and research (July 13)
Ottawa - Teachers, students and all Canadians stand to gain from a series of Supreme Court decisions on copyright matters that reaffirm the right to copy portions of materials without permission or payment for non-commercial research and education purposes.
- Top QC university staff get generous car perks (July 12)
MONTREAL – Aside from earning salaries that each top $300,000, two Montreal- area university rectors have generous driving perks while the government claims it needs more money for education.
- University, municipality openness rules set for fall (July 6)
FREDERICTON – New rules meant to ensure greater openness in local government are now targeted to be in place by the fall.
- Shared-risk pension advocate says it’s 'model for the future' (July 6)
Susan Rowland is a Toronto lawyer, a pension advocate, a member of the Task Force on Protecting Pensions — an initiative set up by the province of New Brunswick in late 2010 — and is mighty proud of the shared-risk pension model it recently produced, a model she believes suits the needs of pension plans across the country.
- Tenure – Yes or No (July 3)
This time I have my friend Gregory Kaplan, an honorary research fellow at the University of Hong Kong, to thank for alerting me to a special report on higher education in the Wall Street Journal (and a massive power outage in Ohio for preventing me from getting to it sooner!). The special report focuses on three key issues, and each of them deserves its own post.
- What We Learned at UVa (June 27)
As much as I like and respect President Teresa Sullivan of the University of Virginia, the two-week struggle to restore her to her office was never about her.
- Back to the Future for UVa (June 25)
When I was preparing to leave a vice presidency at Boston University to become president of the University of Hartford in 1977, John Silber, the legendary BU president, dropped by to give me a farewell word of advice. “When you get to Connecticut, the first thing to find out is who really does the hiring and firing,” he told me.
- The Worrisome Ascendance of Business in Higher Education (June 21)
Recently the Board of Visitors—not a particularly apt name given their actions—at the University of Virginia forced the ouster of President Teresa A. Sullivan after two years in office.
- Understanding the Contingent Academic Workforce (June 21)
Yesterday saw the release of “A Portrait of Part-Time Faculty Members,” a new multiyear study from the Coalition on the Academic Workforce.
- Harper says forestry institute will ‘create prosperity’
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a new northern hardwood research institute at the Edmundston campus of the University of Moncton on Friday.
- Mixed reaction to changes to right to information act (May 10)
The president of the University of New Brunswick says he favours transparency and openness, but he’s still uncomfortable releasing the salaries of senior administrators.
- N. B. federation seeks more public disclosure from colleges, universities (May 8)
In the wake of successful student protests in Quebec, professors in New Brunswick are seeking the same sort of concessions from the provincial government here.
- Graduate Assistants Move to Crowdsource Data on Their Working Conditions (March 20)
Inspired by the Adjunct Project, which is using a crowdsourced Google document to let adjunct faculty members around the nation describe their pay and working conditions, a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro has mounted a similar effort to gather university-specific data on graduate assistants.
- New Brunswick Professionals & Students Call for Investment in PSE (March 16)
The New Brunswick Student Alliance (NBSA) has compiled a video of students and professionals examining the importance of postsecondary education from nearly every facet of life.
- Web portal for credit transfers launched (March 15)
FREDERICTON (GNB) – A new web-based portal will help students transfer their academic credits between universities and colleges based in New Brunswick.
- Mount Allison researcher named Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (March 13)
SACKVILLE, NB — Mount Allison University chemistry professor Dr. Stephen Westcott has been awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Green Boron Chemistry worth $1.4 million.
- The uneasy ties between Canada’s universities and wealthy business magnates (March 9)
After almost three years of negotiation and internecine battles, a private think-tank established and chaired by Jim Balsillie has signed a $60-million deal with York University in Toronto to create a school of international law.
- Concordia University to lose $2 million in funding (March 9)
QUEBEC – Education Minister Line Beauchamp is cutting $2 million from Concordia University’s budget as a penalty for the $3.1 million in severance packages it paid to former president Judith Woodsworth and five senior administrators.
- Dalhousie University gets solvency break as faculty mulls walkout (March 8)
Dalhousie University has won an exemption from making massive payments to its under-funded pension plan, brightening the school’s budget outlook and making it less likely the school’s professors will walk off the job on Monday.
- Journal stem cell work 'blocked' (March 6)
Stem cell experts say they believe a small group of scientists is effectively vetoing high quality science from publication in journals.
- British Universities See Sharp Cuts in Courses Offered (March 2)
The number of full-time undergraduate-degree courses being offered at British universities has fallen by 27 percent since 2006, according to a report published this week by Britain’s main faculty union.
- Risk of placing scientist ‘on message’ (February 17)
The allegation made at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting is that there has been unprecedented interference by the Canadian government in the free flow of scientific information.
- The FNBFA comments on the MPHEC report entitled “Is Demand for University Education Shrinking Among Maritimers?” (February 7)
Rick Hudson, President of the Federation of New Brunswick Faculty Associations (FNBFA) says “The FNBFA welcomes studies of issues and trends concerning higher education in the region, including the recent Maritimes Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) study entitled “Is Demand for University Education Shrinking Among Maritimers?”.”
- Will fewer Maritimers be heading to university over the next decade? (February 7)
Fewer Maritimers have been enrolling in the region’s universities in recent years, largely the result of flattening demand after the peak in 2004, reveals a report released today by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission.
- We're ripe for a great disruption in higher education (February 4)
How would you like to go to MIT – for free? You can now.
- The corruption of science? (February 2)
In the old days it didn’t matter so much which journal research was published in. Now it counts for everything.
- Adrift in Adulthood: Students Who Struggled in College Find Life Harsher After Graduation- January 25 2012
College graduates who showed paltry gains in critical thinking and little academic engagement while in college have a harder time than their more accomplished peers as they start their careers, according to a report released today.
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