Category Archives: HigherEd

Internationalization and Governance

Ontario universities want to lead on the international stage. Each one has aggressive internationalization programs and aspirations. So I think it is interesting that the University of Toronto Act has what I think is a unique requirement for its President … Continue reading

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Librarians, Crisis, Higher Education: the Real Challenge

One of the blogs I like to follow is the Librarians Committee Blog from the University of Toronto Faculty Association. Always interesting, often instructive, sometimes infuriating. Recently, like many, the authors of this blog have railed against the various abuses … Continue reading

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Forty Years in Higher Education

Today I’m celebrating a rather special day for me. It is weird to write this but as of today I’ve been involved in higher education continuously, in one form or another, for the past 40 years. First as an undergraduate … Continue reading

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AUCC & Access Copyright Deal

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and Access Copyright (AC) recently announced a deal following a protracted, and sometimes acrimonious, negotiation. It’s a model license; each institution must sign on (or not) individually. Should a university sign … Continue reading

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The Curse of Service

This tweet from Bill Denton made me laugh … and then grimace. First rule of librarianship: You talk about staffing the ref desk. Second rule: you talk about staffing the ref desk. — William Denton (@wdenton) April 4, 2012 As … Continue reading

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Why I Want to Serve on the Board of Governors

I’ve decided to let my name stand for the open faculty position on the Board of Governors at the University of Guelph. Faculty representatives to the Board are elected by Senate; voting begins April 2nd. Why would I do this? … Continue reading

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Online Learning

The recently leaked MTCU 3×3 report was clearly one of those transparent attempts to test the waters on some key ideas. Governments do this all this time. Many of the supposed recommendations got a cool reception, especially three year degrees … Continue reading

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The Drummond Report

The long anticipated Drummond Report on how to address public services in Ontario in the face of a dire fiscal climate has been released. There are some hard hitting recommendations but higher education got off easy. The summary from the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ontario Higher Education (Part 5)

With this post, my series of reflections on Ontario higher education concludes (the sighs of relief from my reader/s are audible). So, last up: Now what? What does this all mean? At the end of the symposium Harvey Weingarten (Higher … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ontario Higher Education (Part 4)

I’ve been exploring a number of issues related to higher education in Ontario as the “system” prepares for both enrolment increases and budget constraints. Today’s question: If new enrolment is concentrated around the GTA, what are all the other universities … Continue reading

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