Harvey P. Weingarten – “Plans are useless but planning is indispensable.”

These are the words of former US President Dwight Eisenhower about how one plans for battle. One reason “I like Ike” is that his words capture HEQCO’s philosophy of planning. He understood that plans are useless when they get too specific, try to predict the future with certainty, and prompt fights over every comma in the apparently obligatory mission and vision statements. Ike also understood […]

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Harvey P. Weingarten – The challenge of change: advice from Keynes

In the preface to his book, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, John Maynard Keynes wrote: “The ideas which are expressed here…are extremely simple and should be obvious. The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds”.I have no […]

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EduData – Ontario’s 20 Unique Universities

There’s good reason that Ontario is promoting differentiation in its higher education system. Differentiation – where institutions build on their specific strengths, mandates and missions – delivers real choice for students, better quality, and a system we can all afford to sustain and grow.Our visualization showcases the existing state of differentiation between Ontario’s 20 publicly assisted universities.We harvested 24 university performance indicators available at the […]

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Harvey P. Weingarten – Goals vs. strategies: A postsecondary primer

In any policy initiative, it is important to distinguish between goals and strategies.  Goals are things you are trying to achieve – the outcomes you are seeking.  Strategies are processes and actions that can be employed to achieve these desired outcomes.Strategies are not ends in themselves.  Rather, they are tools.  Strategies have no inherent value – they are neither good nor bad.  Their worth and […]

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Martin Hicks – Extra, extra, read all about it

We’re gonna quote right out of the newspaper.  That way, you won’t have to worry that we’re making it all up.  These are verbatim quotes about the Ontario university funding model review.  The headline reads:“Sustaining Quality in Changing Times”“Persistent deficits and a growing debt burden limit the ability of governments at every level to fund public institutions.  As a result Ontario’s public institutions cannot continue to […]

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