A mix of miscellany


The Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has ordered the closure of Goodwin College of Technology and Management Inc., a Toronto private career college. The Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education has put a freeze on new enrolments at Regency College, another private career college based in Saskatoon.

A column in today’s Edmonton Sun laments the underfunding of Canadian universities. The column points out that, as funding for Canadian universities has shrunk, “public universities in the United States have seen funding levels increase over the past 30 years. They receive about $8,000 more per student than those in Canada.”

A report in the July 2008 issue of Statistics Canada’s Perspectives on Labour and Income notes that 37 percent of Canadian Forces personnel had post-secondary education credentials in 2002 compared to 19 percent in 1988.

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  1. Hey Dale,

    Couple of links to add to the first story. The owner of Goodwin College is facing charges for bribery: http://www.thestar.com/article/449385

    I’m interested to know the breakdown of post-secondary education in the Canadian Forces. I can see three factors in the increase:

    1) All new officers must possess a post-secondary degree prior to being commissioned.

    2) There has been an increase in senior non-commissioned officers holding degrees. While not officially a requirement, it is quickly being a de-facto requirement. I know a few NCO’s who were in the process of upgrading their academic credentials for this reason.

    3) Third, and of greatest interest to me, is that the Canadian Forces is increasingly “out-sourcing” its trades training to the public college system. Whereas a lot of training would be internal to the CF, it is now completed at the college-level. Even in cases where the college training does not complete a diploma, the CF member will hold a great number of credits towards a diploma and is offered the option to complete a diploma by distance education.

    Many colleges and a few universities have been offering specialized support programs (and in the case of colleges advanced credits) to military members for a few decades now. With the spread of the internet into all areas of the CF, it is much easy for members to take advantage of distance education opportunities. This is especially true at the university level.

    (Ironically, as more universities offer flexible distance education options, the military has decided it does not need to support the leading military university support program in the country. The government cut funding to the University of Manitoba’s military support office a few years ago. UManitoba, to it’s credit, continues to operate the office despite this cutback.)

  2. Dale, Your post on unpacking the student persistence problem seems to have missed the July 15th post by Nick Taylor-Vaisey on zigzagging to a degree. Is your experience with Maclean’s “on campus” that it is quite slow? That is what is happening in Vancouver.

    The Search function could be improved, I think.

    There is a major op/ed in The Globe and Mail today by the President of U of T, and there is a front page news story in The Province and The Vancouver Sun on a public relations disaster for Kinexus Bioinformatics Corp. (Steven Pelech). I have not seen coverage of these two items in “on campus.”

    I would be willing to suggest a formal reading cycle to get better national coverage. Thanks. Clayton.

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