05 mars 2016

House-Buying Power of Academic Salaries

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. A couple of weeks ago, the Times Higher Education put together a cute infographic showing how many square metres an academic salary bought in different parts of the world (the full article is here).  I thought I would try the same thing for here in Canada. More...

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The Dollar Quandary

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. If you haven’t been hiding under a rock these last few months, you may have noticed that the US dollar is on a roll.  And it’s not just on a roll in Canada, where the price of oil has reduced the value of our own currency; since mid-2014, the US dollar is up over 20% against a trade-weighted basket of currencies. This creates some interesting conundrums and strategy options for pricing international education. More...

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Consumerism Dragging Down Student Achievement? Not so Fast

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. So, there was an interesting article from Studies in Higher Education making the rounds on social media yesterday. Written by a trio of UK researchers, the article is entitled “The Student-as-Consumer Approach in Higher Education and its Effects on Academic Performance”, and is – miraculously – available ungated, here. More...

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Some Curious Student Loan Numbers

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. Every once in awhile, it’s good to go searching through statistical abstracts just to see if the patterns you take for granted can still be taken for granted.  So I recently went hunting through some CSLP annual reports and statistical abstracts to see what I could find.  And I’m glad I did, because there are some really surprising numbers in the data. More...

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Two Simple Reasons Tuition Rises Have Little Effect on Access

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. It’s that time again, when boards of governors are thinking about tuition for the upcoming year; and as a result, people will be rehearsing their arguments for and against tuition increases.  The basic argument against is the rather simplistic, “higher fees means lower participation”.  And it’s wrong. More...

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Asleep at the Switch…

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. … is the name of a new(ish) book by Bruce Smardon of York University, which looks at the history of federal research & development policies over the last half-century.  It is a book in equal measures fascinating and infuriating, but given that our recent change of government seems to be a time for re-thinking innovation policies, it’s a timely read if nothing else. More...

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The Economics of Interdisciplinary Programs at Small Universities

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. A minor kerfuffle blew up yesterday in Sackville when the coordinator of Mount Allison University’s Women’s and Gender Studies announced that, due to budget cuts, she had been informed that the university would no longer be offering classes in this program, as of next fall.  Cue petitions, angry students, a buzzfeed listicle, etc. More...

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Lessons from Scandinavia on the Value of Tuition Fees

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. Whenever you hear somebody complaining about higher education funding in Canada, it’s usually only a matter of time before someone says “why can’t we be more like Scandinavia?”  You know, higher levels of government funding, no tuition, etc., etc.  But today let me tell you a couple of stories that may make you rethink some of your philo-Nordicism. More...

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The Dilemma of Western Education in Saudi Arabia

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. I see that Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne recently took offense to the fact that Algonquin College is operating a male-only vocational college in Jazan, Saudi Arabia, calling the arrangement “unacceptable”.
What should we make of this?
First of all, let’s be clear about women and higher education in Saudi Arabia. More...

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(#fake)Tenure, Governance, and Academic Freedom

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. If you follow higher education news from south of the border, one scrap you’ll probably have noticed over the past year or so is the one over tenure in Wisconsin.  Until recently, tenure provisions at the University of Wisconsin were inscribed in state law. More...

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