07 mars 2019

Tomi Ungerer forever

Sur le blog "Histoires d'universités" de Pierre Dubois. Pour fêter le 85e anniversaire de Tomi Ungerer, 100 artistes de France et d’ailleurs ont taillé leurs crayons pour illustrer les liens que leur œuvre entretient avec celle de leur aîné. Si celle-ci s’est d’ores et déjà inscrite par sa diversité et sa créativité dans le vaste champ de l’histoire de l’art, il était temps en effet de se pencher sur ce qu’elle laisse en héritages. Plus...

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Curricular Change and The Decline of Poland

By Alex Usher. Sometimes Canadian universities drive me up the wall.  Mostly, it’s when they start lobbying for other people to take action in areas where the clearest problems lie within their own wheelhouse.  I speak in particular of Study Abroad and Work-Integrated Learning. More...

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Income Share Agreements (Part 2)

By Alex Usher. Yesterday, I described Income Share Agreements (ISAs) as basically a version of Milton Friedman-like Human Capital Contracts, which are very much like privately administered graduate taxes. More...

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Income Share Agreements (Part 1)

By Alex Usher. Every once in awhile, someone comes up a “new” concept in student financing and people get very excited about it.  As in most other policy fields, the “newness” is a matter of perspective and debate: there’s only so many ways you can lend students money and many of the “new” ideas are just old ideas that got discarded for various reasons and resurrect either because circumstances have changed or because proponents aren’t aware of the history (or both). More...

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New Theories on Skills and Growth

By Alex Usher. One of the things post-secondary education does poorly is questioning its orthodoxies, particularly when it comes to the value of what it is the sector produces.  I’m talking in particular about graduate skills. More...

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“Listening To Industry”

By Alex Usher. If you’ve hung around higher education for even a millisecond, you’ll know that the sector is often told that it should listen more to industry. More...

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The “Marketization” Critique

By Alex Usher. If you pay attention to the train wreck that is higher education policy in the UK, you will no doubt quickly come across claims that “marketization” is to blame.  Skyrocketing vice-chancellor’s (i.e. President’s) salaries?  Marketization at work.  Student Mental Health pressure?  Also marketization. More...

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“Consulting and Advising”, Ottawa-style

By Alex Usher. I received a note from someone in a federal ministry in Ottawa a couple of weeks ago.  It asked, would I be interested in having dinner with Minister (name withheld)?  You know, look into new policy initiatives, want to talk to a few experts, break bread together etc. More...

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BC’s Misguided New Student Loan Interest Policy

By Alex Usher. Last week, the Government of British Columbia became the first province to submit a budget for 2019-2020.  The province’s finances are in exceedingly good shape, with a surplus of over $1.5 billion (though the government is hiding most of that using various tricks like contingency funds, forecast allowances, etc). More...

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How Equitable Can We Get?

By Alex Usher. Last month, the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) published a paper entitled “Redefining Access to Postsecondary Education”.  It raises a number of interesting questions about access in Ontario (which apply to Canada generally), so it’s worth examination. More...

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