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Laurentian relaunches tuition waiver program for former youth in care

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

in January 2019, the current provincial government made widespread changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program, favouring grants and loans and marking the end of free tuition for lower-income students, prompting Laurentian to re-launch the program… “… after age 18, the lives [of youth in care] are a huge challenge… In the end, as a government, you pay for it anyway. … You can’t stop caring about them after 18.”

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University performance-based funding is bound to fail

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

… there is a strong call for a significant proportion of performance to be based on narrow labour-market outcomes, commercialization and economic imperatives… the collection of system-wide data is not a bad idea on its own… However… it runs the real danger of skewing university programs and perverting the very objectives it sets out to measure through over-emphasis and, frankly, “gaming” of one sort or another.

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Canada doesn’t lack in terms of university-industry collaboration

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

The share of industry-funded R&D in Canadian universities hovered around eight percent over the past couple of decades. That may not sound like a lot, but it has been consistently higher than the equivalent figure for American universities, which has fluctuated at around five percent in the same period.

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Canada Research Chairs program announces new, more ambitious equity targets

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

After 13 years of slow progress towards its equity goals, the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program is redoubling efforts to improve diversity within the program. On July 31, the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat… announced more ambitious targets for representation of four equity-seeking groups: women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people and visible minorities.

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Think tanks fill an important niche within Canada’s public policy landscape

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

It is difficult to define think tanks because no two are alike in terms of mission, scope or funding… “One thing all of them share at their core is an ongoing commitment to producing timely and policy-relevant research… What distinguishes and defines them is their sources and levels of funding” … “Non-urgent public policy thinking has been thinned out over time through government cutbacks, and the redeployment of public servants more towards keeping the government running and dealing with daily issues…

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Budget 2019 promotes skills, scholarships and Indigenous student access

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

… the federal Liberals tabled a budget on March 19 focused on skills, employment and youth, along with other items related to affordable housing, pharmacare and seniors. The budget contains several key items for the postsecondary sector, including a target to create 84,000 new student work placements across the country by 2023… The government has pledged $328 million over five years targeted at First Nations communities through expansion of the Postsecondary Student Support Program…

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Editors Canada releases new guidelines for the ethical editing of students’ work

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

In January, Editors Canada released its updated guidelines for the ethical editing of student work, which address editing written work at all levels of higher education. The guidelines are available as a free download on the Editors Canada website… students want to find legitimate resources to help them improve. “Most of them turn to illegitimate sources of support because they have no other option”

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