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    Who’s the customer in higher education? We all are

    The internal debate between the unions and the university administrators is over how to divide the current pot… the TAs and contract profs versus managers, fancy facilities etc. But the public’s stake is rather different… as long as universities need those revenues, they’ll respond with short-term accommodations… universities will never be good job placement agencies. Those tasks belong to business and governments.

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    Canada’s Forgotten Law on Free, Universal Higher Ed

    n May 1976, Canada became a signatory to the UN’s International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Among many other rights, by signing the Covenant, Canada endorsed Article 13, recognizing “the right of everyone to an education.” With clause 2(c), we agreed that “higher education shall be made equally accessible to all, on the basis of capacity, by every appropriate means, and in particular by the progressive introduction of free education.” … instead of seeing progressive reductions in tuition and other post-secondary costs, we’ve seen them relentlessly rise for almost 40 years — as the result of deliberate government policy.

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    ‘Work-integrated learning’ should replace unpaid internships

    … co-ops, internships, field placements, and others – can improve the “fit” between education and employment and help students achieve their long-term career goals. They are particularly valuable to connect disadvantaged youth to the labour market, and enable new immigrants to gain Canadian experience. They also offer significant benefits to employers, providing a ready-made talent pool for recruitment efforts, and strengthening connections with post-secondary institutions.

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    Harris-Era Hangovers

    CCPA Research… gives an overview of the chronic underfunding that school boards across Ontario, but Toronto in particular, have been struggling to deal with for almost two decades. Until the province deals with the flawed nature of the funding formula itself, Mackenzie predicts more headaches for Ontario school boards.

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    Ontario promises to increase student aid by rate of inflation

    Some 330,000 college and university students across Ontario receive financial aid jointly from Ottawa and Queen’s Park, but the most a typical single student has been eligible to borrow has been capped at $12,240 annually since 2010… Unlike the current rules, which require such a student to repay the entire student debt before getting a fresh loan, the new program will let them earn their way back into good standing by making a show of good faith over six months, by paying back the outstanding interest from missed payments plus a portion of the principle, and then returning to a more gentle repayment plan.

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    Public funds shouldn’t pay for Catholic schools in secular Ontario

    From a principled perspective… it simply does not make sense to continue singling out a sole religion for public support… Sorbara, a Catholic himself… is now pressing for Ontario to follow the lead of Quebec and Newfoundland… Within a secular context, it is easy to imagine an Ontario curriculum embedded with a comparative “beliefs” opportunity for building understanding and empathy regarding different religions. Strengthening a collective “commons” by fostering deeper respect for our differences is the right pathway.

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    Provinces pursuing two-tier tuition fee policies: study

    The average cost of tuition and compulsory fees for Canadian undergraduate students will rise by almost 13% over the next four years, from $6,885 this fall to an estimated $7,755 in 2017-18, says a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)… This study looks at trends in tuition and compulsory fees in Canada since 1993, projects fees for each province for the next four years, and ranks the provinces on affordability

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    Funding Denied? Inconceivable! The Fire Swamp of Canadian Student Aid

    From year to year, grants that students once qualified for can be modified, eliminated, combined, or replaced by a new program for which they may no longer be eligible. The unpredictability of many of these programs combined with changing government budget priorities means that students who may have successfully accessed the resources available in their province one year can get burned the next– a peril with which Ontario students[ii] are very familiar.

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    Ontario political parties don’t make the grade on higher education

    The Liberal’s plan seems to be one of benign neglect, the NDP’s proposal does not go far enough and the PC’s proposals would lead to outright devastation of postsecondary funding… not a single party running in the Ontario election delivered a clear vision for the future for the postsecondary education sector… Ontario currently has the lowest per-student funding and the highest student-faculty ratio in the country.

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    Not everyone needs a university education

    … less than 10% of poor children now graduate with a four-year college degree… only 20% of high school students “concentrate” in career and technical education, even though that’s a better bet for many more of them… less than 10% of them complete a two-year degree within three years. Most won’t ever get past their remedial courses… a worker with technical skills will outearn a high school or college dropout with no such skills. That’s the true choice facing many students.