Zachary Rose – Seeking a non-traditional access strategy

In April, I will have the privilege of facilitating a panel at HEQCO’s conference, Rethinking Access: when non-traditional is the new normal. The conference topic excites me because it speaks to the priorities that students have been highlighting for some time.For the past four years I’ve worked with student governments at Ontario universities. From my current vantage point heading the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), […]

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Toni Morgan – Wow, Harvard! But How?

“Harvard is such a big goal. How did you do it?”Can I be honest here? I used to hate that question. Not that it’s a bad question. It’s just that open-ended questions about my life often result in a response that starts as an enlightened monologue about determination and chutzpah and quickly devolves into a deliriously verbose soliloquy of existentialist proportions. See what I mean? […]

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Erin Maloney, Daniel Ansari and Jonathan Fugelsang – Outing math anxiety

Most of us can remember a conversation in which someone openly professes a dislike (or even hatred) of math, making statements such as, “I’m not a math person” or “I just don’t get math.” Our cultural dislike of math has become so mainstream that it has even infiltrated the toys that we give our children (e.g., Barbie dolls used to say, “Math class is tough” […]

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Lisa Philipps, Joseph Turcotte and Leslie Nichols – The downsides of postsecondary co-op work placements

Canadian higher education is entering a new age of “work-integrated” learning. More and more students are seeking a co-op placements, internships or other hands-on work experience as part of their postsecondary program.Long present at community colleges, universities are now also moving into this space, and policy makers are urging them to do more. The most recent federal budget earmarked $73-million for experiential learning partnerships. Ontario […]

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Anne Krook – On mom, jobs and humanities grads

Like a lot of parents, my mother worried that I would never find work with my undergraduate English degree.  One line I especially hated to hear from her was “The jobs are all going away!”  Now that I have spent a couple decades hiring people with humanities degrees, I think differently about what she said and what it means for those graduates.“The jobs are all […]

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