Campus Confidential

Campus Confidential

100 Startling Things You Don't Know About Canadian Universities

Book - 2011
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Our universities represent the very best in our society. They are the wellsprings of new ideas, the incubators of new companies, the centres of culture, the training ground for the leaders of tomorrow, and the meeting place for brilliant young minds and accomplished mentors.Or at least, that's how it's supposed to be. The truth is, our universities are floundering, and as a result they are coming under attack from all sides -- from government, students, parents, and faculty. To respond to these challenges, the first step is to face the uncomfortable facts about universities today. That's what insiders Kenneth Coates and William Morrison do in this short book. If we can get past the myths and dreams to come to terms with universities as they actually are, we can start a real debate about what they should be doing.
Publisher: Toronto : Lorimer, c2011.
ISBN: 9781552776506
Branch Call Number: 378.71 COATE
Characteristics: 245 p. ; 23 cm.


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Jun 14, 2013

interesting points and information. worth reading.

Dec 21, 2011

-interesting stats and ideas. Coates and Morrison are historians who have a wealth of experience teaching at Canadian universities. They create the impression, however, that these institutions are in trouble because they can’t compete with those in other countries (mainly because they’re too accessible). Both the secondary school and the university in Canada appear to be less than adequate in their estimation. Yet, the profiles they provide near the end of the book seem to belie such a characterization, Our high-school learners perform well in language and math when tested against their international counterparts. Similarly, for a sparsely populated nation, Canada’s universities seem to punch above their weight. They have good reputations and rank highly on global scales. Consequently, the authors appear to be concerned about staving off deterioration down the line.

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