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Managing the university | University and society
Degrees of distinction

As last spring's convocation approached, Paul Davenport, president of the University of Western Ontario, had reason to feel apprehensive. The spring convocation is a public celebration for every university, a feel-good time when graduates are feted and their parents join them on campus.

October 11, 2005
Graduate studies and postdocs | University and society | Humanities and social sciences | Programs and curriculum
The art of creative arts therapies

Graduates of creative arts therapy programs need a healthy dose of the frontier spirit. The field "has been around for almost as long as psychotherapy but we're still involved in pioneering work," says Stephen Snow, coordinator of drama therapy in Concordia University's department of creative arts therapies.

October 11, 2005
International issues | Managing the university | Public policy and funding
Quality assurance: job done?

Most university administrators and faculty members don't wake up in the morning or go to sleep at night thinking about quality assurance - but that could change. There is a rapidly expanding international quality assurance movement in higher education and "its influence is at work on us even if we are unaware of it," says Donald Baker, director of the secretariat of Ontario's new Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board.

September 12, 2005
International issues | Managing the university | University and society
Then & now: revisiting diversity on campus

If you want to know how far Canadian universities have come in recognizing and accommodating diversity, you could start by looking at how much information is available on the topic. A significant sign of progress is that more institutions are gathering data on the services they provide, says Donna Hardy Cox, a professor at Memorial University’s school of social work.

August 8, 2005
Faculty | Managing the university | University and society
Putting out the welcome mat

Messages from the faculty recruitment and retention office began arriving when Richard Douglass-Chin was still a candidate for a job at the University of Windsor's English department in 2004. A satchel of information containing helpful print materials and a video about the university and city arrived first.

June 6, 2005
Research and innovation | University and society | Humanities and social sciences | Natural sciences and engineering
Real fears, virtual therapy

Lyne Michaud remembers reading a science column on arachnophobia almost 30 years ago in an Ottawa newspaper. Two things remain etched in her mind: first, the spiders in the accompanying photo had made her shudder; and second, the author predicted computers would someday be used to treat phobias like the fear of spiders.

June 6, 2005
Managing the university | Public policy and funding | Research and innovation
Mind the gap

Once he was appointed dean of the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management in 1998, Roger Martin lost little time making a name for himself as a respected management theorist and expert on competitiveness. So it was no surprise when, four years ago, the Ontario government tapped the Harvard-educated dean to head up a new task force on the province's economic prospects.

June 6, 2005
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