Nothing Less than Great: Reforming Canada’s Universities

By Harvey P. Weingarten

© 2021

Canada’s public higher education system is in trouble. The economic and social benefits of the Canadian university system are widely seen as a public good, which begs a pressing question: Why should we aspire to anything less than a great system? For that to happen, everything about the way universities currently operate, from the boardroom to the classroom, must change – but this kind of operational and public policy transformation will not be easy.

Nothing Less than Great provides an expert analysis of the current state and challenges of Canada’s university system, looking for positive change by reclaiming what a university is meant to offer for society and for citizens. Harvey P. Weingarten begins with the fundamental question that all students must ask about higher education: Is it worth going to university? From there, he stresses the need for transparency about what universities do and what they accomplish, addresses the importance of modernizing curriculum to emphasize skills over content, and provides recommendations for reform.

Exploring how universities might – and should – change to reclaim their central purpose for Canadians, Nothing Less than Great will be of interest to anyone who cares about the future of our country and the important role universities play in determining that future.

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  • Page Count: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Nothing Less than Great addresses the current challenges faced by Canada’s university system and offers solutions to help improve the academic experience of students.

Nothing Less than Great: Reforming Canada’s Universities

By Harvey P. Weingarten

© 2021

Canada’s public higher education system is in trouble. The economic and social benefits of the Canadian university system are widely seen as a public good, which begs a pressing question: Why should we aspire to anything less than a great system? For that to happen, everything about the way universities currently operate, from the boardroom to the classroom, must change – but this kind of operational and public policy transformation will not be easy.

Nothing Less than Great provides an expert analysis of the current state and challenges of Canada’s university system, looking for positive change by reclaiming what a university is meant to offer for society and for citizens. Harvey P. Weingarten begins with the fundamental question that all students must ask about higher education: Is it worth going to university? From there, he stresses the need for transparency about what universities do and what they accomplish, addresses the importance of modernizing curriculum to emphasize skills over content, and provides recommendations for reform.

Exploring how universities might – and should – change to reclaim their central purpose for Canadians, Nothing Less than Great will be of interest to anyone who cares about the future of our country and the important role universities play in determining that future.

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Product Details

  • Series: UTP Insights
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Harvey P. Weingarten is Principal of the School of Applied Health Sciences at the Michener Institute of Education at UHN and a Senior Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute. He was formerly Vice-President (Academic) and Provost at McMaster University, President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Calgary, and President and CEO of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.
  • Table of contents

    About the Title
    Acknowledgments and Dedication

    1. Introduction: Why This Book, by Me, Now?
    2. Is Going to University Worth It?
    3. Who Goes to University and Does Everyone Have an Equal Chance to Attend?
    4. What Should Students Learn at University and Are They Learning It?
    5. The Relationship between University Education and Jobs
    6. How Should a Government Manage Its Public University System?
    7. Why Are Canadian Universities So Slow to Innovate?
    8. Are Canada’s Universities Sustainable?
    9. Are Canadian Universities High Quality?
    10. Canada’s Public Universities in a Post-COVID World
    11. Conclusion: A Recipe for Reform

    Notes
    Selected Bibliography

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