University Leadership and Public Policy in the Twenty-First Century: A President's Perspective

By Peter MacKinnon

© 2014

Canadian universities face a complicated and uncertain future when it comes to funding, governance, and fostering innovation. Their leaders face an equally complicated future, attempting to balance the needs and desires of students, faculty, governments, and the economy. Drawing on more than a decade of service as president of one of Canada’s major research universities, Peter MacKinnon offers an insider’s perspective on the challenges involved in bringing those constituencies together in the pursuit of excellence.

Clear, contentious, and uncompromising, University Leadership and Public Policy in the Twenty-First Century offers a unique and timely analysis of the key policy issues affecting Canada’s university sector. Covering topics such as strategic planning, tuition policy, labour relations, and governance, MacKinnon draws on his experience leading the University of Saskatchewan to argue that Canadian universities must embrace competitiveness and change if they are to succeed in the global race for talent.

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Drawing on more than a decade of service as president of one of Canada’s major research universities, Peter MacKinnon offers an insider’s perspective on the challenges involved in bringing students, faculty, and governments together in the pursuit of excellence.

University Leadership and Public Policy in the Twenty-First Century: A President's Perspective

By Peter MacKinnon

© 2014

Canadian universities face a complicated and uncertain future when it comes to funding, governance, and fostering innovation. Their leaders face an equally complicated future, attempting to balance the needs and desires of students, faculty, governments, and the economy. Drawing on more than a decade of service as president of one of Canada’s major research universities, Peter MacKinnon offers an insider’s perspective on the challenges involved in bringing those constituencies together in the pursuit of excellence.

Clear, contentious, and uncompromising, University Leadership and Public Policy in the Twenty-First Century offers a unique and timely analysis of the key policy issues affecting Canada’s university sector. Covering topics such as strategic planning, tuition policy, labour relations, and governance, MacKinnon draws on his experience leading the University of Saskatchewan to argue that Canadian universities must embrace competitiveness and change if they are to succeed in the global race for talent.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.5in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘Peter MacKinnon provides thoughtful discussions of problems facing Canadian universities and proposes solutions which (though at times controversial) merit careful attention.’


    Michael Hayden
    Canadian Journal of History, vol 50:03:2015

    ‘Everyone with a stake in the readiness of Canadian universities for a global talent race should engage in this book…. Highly recommended.’


    B.F.R.Edwards
    Choice Magazine vol 52:11:2015

    ‘This book is insightful and valuable… it will be an important secondary source when the next draft of history is written.’


    George Fallis
    Historical Studies in Education Spring 2016

    “Peter MacKinnon’s book is a major contribution to a much-needed discussion on the current status and future role of public universities and of the public policy required to position them for success. MacKinnon writes from the perspective of a distinguished actor within the system of higher education, and his conclusions are frank and provocative.”


    Stephen Toope, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia (2006-14)

    “This is an impressive book – well written, well organized, and highly readable.”


    Ian Clark, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto, and former president of the Council of Ontario Universities
  • Author Information

    Peter MacKinnon is a president emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan and an Officer of the Order of Canada.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    1. Guess Who’s Coming to Breakfast: On Positioning and Differentiation

    2. What’s the Plan?: On the Pursuit of Goals

    3. White Coats Make an Office Call: On Tuition and Financial Assistance for Students

    4. Yes Minister: On Government Engagement, Academic Freedom, and Collective Advocacy

    5. Grateful Dogs: On Philanthropy, Commercialization, and Partnerships

    6. Let’s Make a Deal: On Governance, Collegial Management, and Collective Bargaining

    7. A Canadian Dilemma: Strong Science, Weak Innovation

    8. Leadership with an Asterisk: On the Precarious Presidency

    Afterword: On the Global Talent Race

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