21 décembre 2018

‘Bye

By Alex Usher. The term is coming to a close, and so it’s time for me to – as usual – thank all of you so much for having continued to read these jumbled, fevered ramblings for another 12 months.  If you have any comments or suggestions or even requests – just send them my way at info@higheredstrategy.com: I’m always looking for ideas.

Happy holidays to you all and best wishes for the new year.  Be excellent to each other and all that.

The blog will return on January 7th. More...

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That Ontario Auditor General Report

By Alex Usher. Last week, the Ontario Auditor General put out a report on the Ontario Student Assistance Program and more specifically the new Ontario Student Grants – you know, the ones that made the province’s Targeted Free Tuition program possible. More...

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New Statscan Graduate Earnings Data

By Alex Usher. For some time now, Statistics Canada has been working on at least partially superseding the National Graduates Survey (NGS) with something much better – a direct link between school-record and tax data, allowing for a more thorough and complete examination of trends in education and the labour market. More...

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Higher Ed Books of 2018

By Alex Usher. You all know the drill.  I read a bunch of higher ed books every year (not all of them published this year) and then just before XMAS I give you my picks.  Serious higher ed nerds seem to enjoy it, but some of you will want to skip this. More...

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The Future of Rankings is Excellent

By Alex Usher. First of all, we are getting a lot of new data at the international level.  There are two primary sources for this. The first is the THE rankings – in particular their new European Teaching Rankings, which use surveys to look at student engagement and the student experience.  This is excellent.  It’s not the first time this has been attempted – U-Multirank has done this for a couple of years now – but THE taking up this data brings this approach into some of the world’s largest universities (THE also did something similar in its US rankings). More...

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Academic Service (Third Mission)

By Alex Usher. On Friday, I talked a little bit about rankings which looked at universities’ “Third Mission”.  This is a new term for many North American readers, but it’s not much different than when we use “service” at an institutional level rather than an individual level.  But the notion of “service” is itself a pretty slippery one, so perhaps it is of interest to delve into this topic a bit. More...

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2003-04: The Historical Hinge of International Rankings

By Alex Usher. While national rankings were old hat, the Shanghai Rankings’ global nature was something genuinely new.  The sadly-defunct magazine Asiaweek had tried doing a regional ranking in the late 1990s but it failed because – like US News and Maclean’s – they relied on a methodology which required institutional participation and once a few big institutions say no, the whole thing fell apart. More...

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LinkedIn and the Future of New Credentials

By Alex Usher. One of the many unrealized promises of the last decade or so has been the idea that the types of credentials available to student – micro-credentials, stacked credentials Coursera-style “specializations”, whatever – would proliferate. More...

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HEQCO’s Intriguing Skills Report

By Alex Usher. HEQCO produced a fascinating report on skills last week, which I want to explore in depth.  Unfortunately, it has put a few people’s backs up because of a couple of poorly-chosen sentences in a covering press release, which I will also explore. More...

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Skills not Research

By Alex Usher. The Logic, a new subscription journalism outlet dedicated to Canadian innovation and tech policy, had a couple of great stories about a month ago that are worth highlighting simply to remember the general poverty of the standard U-15/Universities Canada line about higher education and economic growth. More...

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