Martin Hicks and Fiona Deller – Free Tuition: Neither a pig nor in a poke

Free tuition is not a political slogan.  It is an important new program that will increase access to higher education for low-income and marginalized Ontarians.  Now that we are finally ready to deploy it, let’s please not immediately politicize it away.A long time ago, back before 1991, Ontario’s student assistance program, OSAP, was pretty simple.  Your tuition and living needs were added up.  You got […]

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HEQCO – A triumph of evidence-based decision-making

In last Thursday’s budget, the Ontario government announced significant changes to the way student financial aid will be packaged to encourage greater participation of students from low income families.  These changes come after years of research from HEQCO, and other organizations, about the inhibitory effects of a high tuition sticker price and loan aversion on the willingness of students from low family incomes to consider […]

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Fiona Deller – Ontario the attainment chart-topper — except in the trades

We can puff out our chests with pride. The most current OECD numbers show that Canada still tops the charts for postsecondary attainment — number one in college attainment, number one in overall attainment for 25 to 64 year olds. And Ontario’s at the top of the heap in both college and university attainment for 25 to 34 year olds. But what happens when we […]

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Fiona Deller – Need to Read: Disruption, CBE and U2

Sharing the best in postsecondary news and commentaryBack from vacation and I have a list of things to read that goes back a few weeks. So, here are just a few of the highlights: Clayton Christensen, of “disruptive innovation” fame, and Michelle Weise have written a new “mini-book” called Hire Education: Mastery, Modularization and the Workforce Revolution. In it they claim that the real disruptor, […]

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Fiona Deller – Need to Read: The future of higher ed (again), MOOCs and more

Sharing the best in postsecondary news and commentary A couple of weeks ago I posted a few pieces on the future of the lecture. Is it good, bad or a neutral teaching tool that can be used in a variety of ways? Lloyd Armstrong jumps into the debate with a good summary of the methodology used in the National Academy of Science’s article (in case […]

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