06 avril 2019

Les CPGE en déclin ?

Sur le blog "Histoires d'universités" de Pierre Dubois. La progression attendue n’a pas été au rendez-vous. La Note Flash n°03 de février 2019 – les étudiants en classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles en 2018-2019 – révèle une diminution des effectifs de 1,6 % (86 478 élèves en 2017, 85 121 à la rentrée 2018). Plus...

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Ernst Kirchner, 30 ans en 1910

Sur le blog "Histoires d'universités" de Pierre Dubois. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (né en mai 1880 à Aschaffenbourg (Bavière), mort en juin 1938 à Frauenkirch (Suisse). Plus...

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Training “Accounts”: France

A French-style system of “accounts” would be difficult to make work in Canada because of the way the payment mechanism is built around a training levy that most of Canada does not possess (though Quebec, which does, might find it a convenient way to pursue adult training).  But the core notion of a statutory right to time off for training is an interesting one.  There’s no reason that something like that couldn’t be legislated here in Canada, either as a universal right, or tied to hours in the way EI is.  An initiative like that, combined with ILAs (maybe not quite Singapore-style, but something similar), could be quite interesting and might create a real change in the culture of training in Canada. More...

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Parcoursup : premiers retours sur les dispositifs d’aide à la réussite

The ConversationParcoursup est la plate-forme d’orientation et de candidature des lycéens vers l’enseignement supérieur qui a remplacé le site Admissions Post-Bac en 2018. Pour cette deuxième saison d’utilisation, il nous semble important de revenir sur l’une des nouveautés apportées par la procédure : les dispositifs d’accompagnement proposés aux étudiants auxquels les universités ont répondu « Oui, si » lors de la phase de candidature. Plus...

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A New Set of International Rankings (II)

McMaster came second overall, UBC third, U Montréal seventh, and five other institutions (Waterloo, York, Toronto, Laval and Ottawa) making the top 100. McMaster also came first overall in the category “decent work and economic growth” (which measures research in economics, employment practices and % of students taking work placements); UBC took top spot in the “climate action” category, which measures research on climate change, use of energy and preparations for dealing with climate change (and yes, all the folks in the UBC Divestment movement are going to find that one hilarious). More...

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A New Set of International Rankings (I)

Today, I want to go through a little bit of background to these new rankings: tomorrow (Wednesday), the blog will be delayed a few hours so I can get you some analysis of the rankings as they are released.  My apologies to those of you who prefer your higher education snark over morning coffee. More...

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It’s Quiet Out There…Too Quiet

Whatever happened to good old-fashioned fads?  Great big, often stupid, enthusiasms about things that were going to change higher education completely.  Seems like we don’t hear about them anymore. More...

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From the Shelves of HESA Towers (I)

It’s Friday, so it seems like a good day to write about one of the crazy books I have on my shelves (which, as any of my staff can tell you, is a theme that could last for quite some time).  Here’s one that’s kind of relevant, given that it’s about an event that ended 50 years ago next week: Shut It Down!  A College in Crisis, which is about the strike at San Francisco State (SFS) College in 1968-1969. More...

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The Academic Oligarchy’s Kryptonite

Following up on yesterday’s discussion on the long-term rise of administration: it occurred to me after hitting send that there’s another aspect to the rise of administration I forgot to mention – budgeting.  Historically, administration has to some degree grown as a function of the complexity of budgeting, for some very good reasons. More...

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Governance, Management and Balancing Acts

Higher education is a hard thing to generalize about. Superficially, universities look the same the world over, but scratch beneath the surface a little and you’ll see that there are enormous differences in structures, policies, and cultures. More...

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