We’ve asked university deans and presidents, colleges, industry leaders and students to talk about our education system. Are universities sufficiently connected to our schools? Are they preparing students for jobs? And are they co-operating with each other, and with colleges?
Julia Christensen Hughes
"Interestingly, the situation we face today is not entirely dissimilar to a crisis in higher education encountered in the United States in the early 1800s. At that time, the economy was shifting from one that had been largely agrarian to one that was industrial."
Here for the full opinion from the dean of the College of Management and Economics at the University of Guelph.
Dale J. Stephens
"Everyone is capable of self-learning. School trains us to listen, to do homework. You don’t develop learning skills that are important to get resources and will use every day for the rest of life. It is definitely harder and it’s also more impressive if you can show the same accomplishment as someone who went to school and developed talents and abilities."
Here for the full Q & A with the author of Hacking your Education
Dale J. Stephens is the 21-year-old author of Hacking Your Education.
"Nobel, Schnobel – let’s level down in the best Canadian tradition and go for the bronze. But there are very good reasons why great basic, disruptive, fundamental research matters."
Here for the full commentary from the president of the University of Toronto
Portrait of David Naylor, President of U of T on Sept 11, 2006. Photo by Philip Cheung Philip Cheung
"In the U.S., it is second nature for students from those universities to want to stay connected and to want to give. UBC is a huge campus, many students commute."
Here for the full Q & A with the vice-president of development & alumni engagement, UBC
"The entire purpose of an exam is to achieve the highest possible score in a specified amount of time. But if you are a doctor performing a surgery, an accountant filing important paperwork for a company, or a lawyer preparing a client’s case, you are expected to take the necessary amount of time to complete the task at hand."
Here for the full commentary from the Queen's University student and senator at Queen University's School of Business.
"As governments and businesses look to universities to foster social and economic growth, it must also be understood that our universities can best accomplish these goals by achieving excellence in our primary mission – the education of our students as Canada’s future leaders."
Here for the full commentary from the president of Mount Allison University, in Sackville, N.B.
"The common thread among entrepreneurial professors is that they encourage a two-way dialogue with their students. Instead of “filling” the students with knowledge, they instead encourage students to question the answers."
Here for full commentary from Simon Fraser University student and member of the university's Senate.