04 décembre 2014

Universities are not franchises

Winnipeg Free PressBy Lloyd Axworthy. In a report issued a few weeks ago on the state of post-secondary education in Canada, the Conference Board of Canada concluded that the sector "functions much like a 'franchise' business, with the provincial government acting as franchisor and the institutions as franchisees."
Hardly a ringing endorsement for a key sector of our society that was once regarded for its independence of governance with the freedom to set its own research and teaching priorities, its multiple offerings tailored to different community needs and a place to foster judgment and critical thinking in its students. Read more...
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