06 juillet 2016

Affordability of Higher Education in Canada and the United States

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. About a decade ago, my colleague Kim Steele and I did a comparison of the affordability of public higher education in all ten Canadian provinces and fifty US states. In general, Canadian provinces did not do well; yes, Canada has lower costs for students, but its student aid system is less generous and – this is worth remembering – Americans are wealthier than we are. More...

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A Marginally Less Mediocre Set of Provincial Budgets

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. So, it’s that time of year when I bring you the round-up of what’s happened in provincial budgets over the past few months. Usually, when I do this, I look both at student financial aid and transfers to institutions; this time, I’m going to skip the student financial aid stuff because there’s essentially no change. More...

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A National Day of Action

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. Earlier this week  Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) decided to hold a “National Day of Action”, its first since 2012.  Many may find this a bit puzzling: after all, this is a year in which the federal government increased student grants and doubled the number of summer student jobs. More...

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Modes of College-Going

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. At HESA towers, we’ve recently been looking at some data on student costs of living in various countries.  This has prompted a number of observations with respect to the ways in which higher education – however global and transnational it may occasionally appear to be – is still deeply rooted in national cultures. More...

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Are NSERC decisions “skewed” to bigger institutions?

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. That’s the conclusion reached by a group of professors from – wait for it – smaller Canadian universities, as published recently in PLOS One. I urge you to read the article, if only to understand how technically rigorous research without an ounce of common sense can make it through the peer-review process. More...

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Improving Higher Education in Africa Through Philanthropy

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. My reputation in Canadian higher education, for better or for worse, is that of being “the guy who knows what’s going on in other places”.  This credits me with a lot more knowledge than I actually have. But it does occasionally prompt people to ask me some interesting questions. More...

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Non-profit Islands in a For-Profit Ocean

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. One of the most irritating, head-bangingly simplistic slogans in Canadian politics is “no to for-profit healthcare”.  It’s one thing to suggest that there should be no financial barriers to accessing healthcare; it’s another to suggest getting rid of “profit”.  I mean, the entire system is based on profit. More...

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LMS Outage: Exclusive view of UC Davis contract with Scriba

By . When I first heard about the recent LMS outage at UC Davis – which left the school with no LMS access for a full week and without a fully functional LMS through the remainder of the spring term – it was quite clear that this was an unusual situation. More...

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SmartSite Goes Dumb: A student’s view of the UC Davis LMS outage

By . UC Davis’ SmartSite, the learning management system we love to hate, earned that hate when it went missing two weeks before the end of the Spring quarter. As used and abused by students and faculty, SmartSite is accessed constantly. More...

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Update on UC Davis LMS Fiasco: Finishing the term with two partial systems

By . After the LMS outage that started May 20th – covered here, here, and here at e-Literate – UC Davis has finished its spring academic term as of June 9th using two partial systems, one for faculty and one for students and neither of which is fully functional. More...

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