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Martin Hicks

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

Reflections on the ‘Rae Report’ 10 years and a few billion dollars later 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. Mr. Rae, […]

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Harvey P. Weingarten

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 […]

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Harvey P. Weingarten

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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Harvey P. Weingarten

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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Harvey P. Weingarten

Suffering from a troublesome societal dynamic? Got ulcers? Consider the merits of differentiation.

Here’s a question to ponder in the wee hours of the morning – or right now. How can a government respond to the following societal dynamic? A persistent and growing demand for more availability of public postsecondary education. Fewer public dollars to sustain or grow public postsecondary education, especially in Canada with the insatiable financial […]