Universities

Canadian Women Are Storming The Ivory Towers

Women are breaking through in the very place where their numbers will not only make gender parity a reality in the next 10 years, but where the breeding grounds of gender dominance are all pointing in the same direction. I mean, of course, Canada's universities.
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Grad School's Not the Problem, You Are

Several times per semester an article gets forwarded around amongst the students in my PhD program with a message that is some variation of the following: Doctoral studies are pointless. Needless to say, these are depressing, discouraging reads for those of us already pursuing advanced degrees. I enjoy being a PhD student.
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Should Canadians Go to U.S. Universities?

It is once again university acceptance season. And for a growing number of Canadian grade 12 students, the letters and e-mails include offers of admission from U.S. colleges and universities in addition to the usual array of Canadian schools. But does it actually make any sense for a Canadian to go to a U.S. university?

Is Canada Discouraging Good Teachers?

Many university professors are great teachers. Many are not. I'm baffled that those who are great teachers are saddled with research. And those who are great researchers are saddled with teaching. More importantly, why do universities saddle students with these subpar teachers? Some argue that professors must be able to do both. Yet, professors at Canadian universities are generally promoted based primarily on their research abilities -- on how many publications they get, and how much research money they bring to the university. Teaching is only superficially acknowledged as important.

Can Canada Attract Top Talent in a Public University System?

The United States, contrary to Canada, had chosen to split its superior education system, namely the universities, into a private and a publicly-funded one, the first supposedly competing with the other. Private universities attract Nobel Prize winners, top researchers in most fields of knowledge, whether we like it or not.