Globe and Mail – Opinion: Why Canada’s universities should mandate indigenous courses – Whether or not you have indigenous blood, if you live in this country, at least a part of your identity is indigenous.
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Decline of general education could spell disaster for universities, society – General education at the university level is a form of freedom, writes Michael Clune for the Chronicle of Higher Education, adding that “today’s students are being deprived of that freedom, and we educators are to blame.” Clune criticizes the increasing emphasis on producing “job-ready” graduates in universities, and warns that if this trend continues, it might be disastrous for both North American culture and innovation. Further, he reminds readers that they should be wary of just how quickly the adoption of a job-centred approach to higher education has taken effect. He concludes that “by surveying the various attacks on general education, one might assume that its goal—to expose students to forms of knowledge beyond their majors—is controversial. But it’s not.” Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)
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Rank and File.ca @rankandfileca 19 minil y a 19 minutes – Quebec general strike: “The most important strike since 1972” http://www.socialist.ca/node/2962 #canlab #cdnpoli #polqc #grevenationale #solidarity
SFPQ @SFPQ_Syndicat 8 minil y a 8 minutes – « La plus grande grève nationale depuis 1972 », selon la CSN http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/societe/2015/12/09/001-front-commun-negos-secteur-public-greve-federation-autonome-enseignement.shtml …
cafe pedagogique @cafepedagogique 2 minil y a 2 minutes – Nouvelles régions académiques, nouveaux recteurs http://www.cafepedagogique.net/lexpresso/Pages/2015/12/10122015Article635853289025962218.aspx#.VmmqYmwz3r8.twitter …
Chris Havergal @CHavergalTHE 40 minil y a 40 minutes – White students perceive lesser skills growth at university than undergrads from other ethnic backgrounds – UKES https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/white-students-gain-less-from-higher-education-uk-engagement-survey-suggests …
AB halts new PSE business ventures following auditor’s review – Alberta’s Deputy Minister of Advanced Education Rod Skura has said that all new for-profit business venture proposals are on hold, pending the creation of new guidelines based on the auditor general’s findings, released in October. “We don’t want to necessarily forbid a good idea from coming forward, so I would say we will look at those on a case-by-case basis … but we will be looking at it from the perspective of making sure we’re properly addressing the recommendations,” said Skura. He said that new policy and guidelines will be drafted over the coming year, clarifying that there is no intention of shutting down existing ventures. Edmonton Journal
Globe and Mail – Ontario funding must address decline in undergraduate experience: report – Province must redesign distribution of $3.5-billion to universities facing decline in undergrad education, and demand clear, measurable learning outcomes, according to a series of recommendations.
National Post – Letter: New Ottawa U head’s track record cause for concern – The choice of Jacques Frémont, president of the Quebec Human Rights Commission, to be the University of Ottawa’s president is an Orwellian nightmare, writes Heinz Klatt, professor emeritus at King’s University College.
SK cuts $9.8 M from uSask’s annual grant – The University of Saskatchewan has had $9.8 M cut from its provincial operating grant, according to the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. This is in addition to $20 M already held back by the university to help the province balance its budget. The university was initially told it would receive a grant of $315.6 M for 2015–16, but will now receive only $305.8 M. A portion of the funds, $1.35 M to support water security research, will be deferred; the balance, $565 K for a scholarship fund and $7.9 M for capital spending, will be dropped. “We weren’t anticipating these kind of holdbacks and one-time reductions,” said VP of Finance and Resources Greg Fowler. “This can be weathered, but it is quite difficult.” The reductions come in the wake of similar cuts to other SK PSE institutions last month. StarPhoenix
Three ways to transform Canada’s PhD programs – Many experts from across academic disciplines have called for immediate change in Canada’s PhD programs, writes David Kent for University Affairs, but it is important to understand the implications of these experts’ recommendations before moving forward. Kent breaks down the call for PhD restructuring into three basic categories: provide better data on PhD outcomes, modernize the PhD, and reduce PhD enrolment. He argues that disseminating more information about the outcomes of PhD graduates might not address the root problem because high-functioning students tend to believe that they can overcome nearly any statistical challenge. In Kent’s words, PhD graduates “don’t believe that they are ‘average.’” University Affairs
Voice of Researchers @Research_Voice 10 minil y a 10 minutes – “When you want to know what #science is, the last person you should ask is a #scientist” https://www.timeshighereducation.com/features/can-philosophy-survive-in-an-academy-driven-by-impact-and-employability … #philosophy #careers #Plato (Can philosophy survive in an academy driven by impact and employability?)
University Affairs @UA_magazine 2 minil y a 2 minutes – Expectations run high for new govt at science policy conference: http://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/expectations-run-high-new-government-science-policy-conference/ … #cdnsci @sciencepolicy
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Mélanie Gagnon, Ph.D @mlaniegagnon2 16 minil y a 16 minutes – mon entrevue à Radio Canada sur la représentation non syndicale http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/le_monde_aujourdhui/2015-2016/archives.asp?date=2015/12/09&indTime=729&idmedia=7389632 …
9 décembre – Nouvelle journée de grève du secteur public et des enseignants en Outaouais – ICI.Radio-Canada.ca – De son côté, l’Association des étudiants et étudiantes du module de l’éducation (AEME) de l’Université de Québec en Outaouais (UQO) organise trois …
8 décembre – Un partenariat avec l’UQO divise les élus de Gatineau – ÉNERGIE – L’octroi d’une enveloppe de 200 000$ pour développer un partenariat avec l’UQO a divisé les élus de Gatineau aujourd’hui lors des discussions …