Martin Hicks – Stop (en)Rolling Over

In Ontario, higher education enrolment forecasting is important business.  This is not surprising.  Enrolment growth drives money to institutions, generates investment by government and delivers ever higher participation and attainment rates for Ontarians.What will postsecondary enrolment in Ontario be in 10 years and how should we plan for it?  To find out, we look at enrolment forecasts.  Over the decades, their entrails have guided us […]

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HEQCO – University funding: Can a new model improve steering?

Money talks.  Ontario universities are dependent on revenue sources to deliver on their teaching and research missions.  Government is a major revenue source, and has an obligation to drive public policy outcomes and exercise appropriate stewardship through its investment.  And so the funding formula matters, for it is the mechanism through which an alignment of government and institutional objectives could be achieved.HEQCO has been focussed […]

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Martin Hicks – What difference a decade: the view from inside

Reflections on the ‘Rae Report’ 10 years and a few billion dollars later Martin Hicks, Executive Director, Data and Statistics Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario  It’s Feb. 7, 2005. Bob Rae faces the Queen’s Park media and releases his report and recommendations for Ontario’s postsecondary education system: popularly dubbed the Rae Report but officially titled Ontario – A Leader in Learning. It’s a pivotal moment. […]

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Harvey P. Weingarten – It’s time to get serious about improving Canada’s colleges and universities

A recent Globe and Mail article pointed out that Canadian universities appear to be slipping in world rankings.  This is not a good thing.  Higher education institutions — because of the students they teach, the research and discoveries they make, and the communities they support —  are some of the most critical public institutions in Canada positioning us for a robust  economy with plentiful good […]

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Harvey P. Weingarten – Managing for Quality: A Change Manifesto for Canadian Universities

I had the opportunity recently to participate in a conference panel for members of the Boards of Governors of Ontario universities.  Our panel was charged to opine on the question of whether universities are meeting the needs of students and the public and, if there is room for improvement, what has to change.The conference organizers imposed the intelligent constraint that we had no more than […]

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