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Terry Gitersos – What Terry Gitersos wishes he’d known before he became Dr. Gitersos

I was raised in a family that prioritized education.  My parents stressed the value and importance of both formal and informal learning from when I was in diapers, and instilled in me the notion that a university education was the key to my future social and economic wellbeing.  I eagerly accepted this education-centric worldview and […]

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Fiona Deller – Will Ontario keep apace or set the pace?

Some call it disruptive, some call it welcome but change is afoot in higher education. From rising enrolments to economic constraints, from the promise of technology to the pressures of international competition, the game is changing and the challenge for postsecondary education is to keep apace, or better yet, set the pace. It must be […]

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Harvey P. Weingarten – Tooting Our Own Horn

HEQCO is an organization built on the principles of inquiry, performance assessment, evidence and research.  So, it seemed only appropriate that we subject our own performance to a critical review and rigorous evaluation by an informed outsider. To that end, we commissioned an outside expert to review HEQCO.  The reviewer selected was Lorne Whitehead, an […]

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Susan Bloch-Nevitte: College/university info fairs: separate solitudes seems “old school”

HEQCO’s communications team seized the occasion of the recent Ontario college and university information fairs to shoulder up to prospective postsecondary students, since our home on the 24th floor of the Toronto Star Building doesn’t lend itself to day-to-day contact with students.  (That will change, however, when Collège Boréal moves its Toronto operations to 1 […]

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Fiona Deller: Fear of Finance: The morning after (give or take a month)

In the month or so since our conference,  Fear of Finance: Financial Literacy and Planning for Postsecondary Education, we here at HEQCO have been doing a lot of thinking about what we learned, what we heard, and how it might affect our future work in this area. For those of you who were there, a […]

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Ken Norrie: A tribute to our outgoing VP Research

As some of you may already know, Ken Norrie, HEQCO’s first vice president, research, concludes his time with us in mid-December. HEQCO is all about evidence-based research, and the following staff-written tribute to Ken is clear evidence of his unwavering commitment to research, to higher education and to his many colleagues. I join them in […]

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The Diminishing Quality of Ontario’s Universities: Can the System be Fixed?

The following remarks were delivered by HEQCO President and CEO Harvey Weingarten on October 18 at the C.D. Howe Institute. Talk to the C.D. Howe Institute Harvey P. Weingarten President, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario Toronto, Ontario October 18 2011 Check against delivery Canada has a good, likely very good, public postsecondary system.  But, […]

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What is an innovative university?

I participated in a panel on “Innovative Universities” as part of a workshop on innovation held in September at the Perimeter Institute.  Two questions posed to panel members were:  (i) “What does an innovative university look like?” and (ii)   “Does Canada have innovative universities?” I suggested that if one wants to know whether a university […]

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Fear of Finance: Breaking down barriers to postsecondary education

A new HEQCO conference, Fear of Finance: Financial Literacy and Planning for Postsecondary Education (Nov. 3-4) will explore educational financial literacy — the knowledge of the costs, benefits and available aid associated with higher education. And it’s not a moment too soon. Ontario leads the nation in postsecondary participation, but despite rising enrolments overall, the […]