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BY DANIEL NIVEN | January 17 2017

Newer tests and treatments are not always better and too much care can be bad for your health.

BY GERALD WALTON | January 09 2017

Why should stretched public dollars go to undeserved six-figure salaries for people who do not do their jobs?

BY G. RAPLEY BUNTING | January 04 2017

The program would be modeled on our system of mortgage financing, with repayment periods of up to 25 years.

BY PAUL DAVIDSON | December 09 2016

The search is now on for Canada’s chief science advisor.

BY AARON W. HUGHES | December 02 2016

We’ve all heard about the “death of the humanities” – the decreasing enrolments and loss of full-time positions in these disciplines. What we tend to overlook is that, while there are certainly tenure-track jobs available in Canada, many tend to go to foreign-trained academics. However, until someone embarks on a much-needed and full-scale study on […]

BY KIM BLANK | November 30 2016

Yves Gingras, in his recent opinion article, argues against the general validity of academic rankings. He writes that they do not tell the whole story and should not be taken seriously by “well-educated academics.” This begs at least one question: What exactly should be taken seriously as we assess or scrutinize universities and colleges for […]

BY YVES GINGRAS | November 21 2016

Every year on August 15 exactly, many university presidents – particularly in Europe – get nervous. They know that the annual “Shanghai Ranking” – published since 2004 – is released on that day. Has their institution moved up or down on the list? Whatever the case may be, the communications department will prepare a press […]

BY ERIN CLOW | November 16 2016

I have the spent the days since the U.S. election wading through a complex series of emotions. I was numb, angry and confused. I didn’t understand and didn’t want to believe that the politics of fear and hatred had prevailed. Almost simultaneously however, I began to feel a new strength and resolve emerging, one that […]

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | November 14 2016

President-elect Donald Trump – I never imagined I would be writing those words. I would think that most of Canada’s academics, aside from the odd misanthrope, share my concern at the prospect of such a dangerous and temperamentally unfit individual in the White House. Within hours of Mr. Trump’s surprise win, higher-education journalists in the […]

BY JESSICA RIDDELL | November 11 2016

Do not despair: A letter to my students.

BY LEO GROARKE | November 07 2016

Every decade has its trend, and in the university sector “differentiation” seems to define the current one. It’s difficult to take issue with the basic idea: different institutions should focus on their different strengths. But, this notion has encouraged some implausible conclusions that warrant better scrutiny. One of them is the notion that research (and […]

BY ROD MISSAGHIAN | October 27 2016

The social science traditions in Canada are strong, but it might be time to consider new interdisciplinary approaches.


In our work as university advisors within the University of British Columbia’s enrolment services unit, we often feel as though we are coaching students through increasingly competitive requirements. The standards to get into university, make it through midterms, or apply to the program a student desires can seem unforgiving. Our students are making what seem […]


The ways that digital education is organized, enacted and designed is undergoing significant change.

BY ANDREW MOORE | October 04 2016

A good education is not simply job training.

BY PATRICK DONAHOE | September 27 2016

Savvy students understand that learning happens in multiple venues beyond the classroom.

BY EVE SEGUIN | September 19 2016

For Professor Caroline Patsias at Université du Québec à Montréal, once a professor at Université de Sherbrooke. If you’re a university professor, chances are fairly good that you have initiated or participated in mobbing. Why? First, because mobbers are not sadists or sociopaths, but ordinary people; second, because universities are a type of organization that […]

BY JOANNA ASHWORTH | September 13 2016

The gold standard for assignments would engage the student in learning while also contributing to the social good.

BY MEREDITH DAULT | September 01 2016

We’re building a database of qualified women to help the media find them.

BY JEROME ST-AMAND | August 30 2016

Many job postings in the field of education across the country do not require a minimum number of years working in schools.