All posts by Sherilee Diebold-Cooze

Examining the “university myth”

June 12, 2014 – THE MORNING EDITION – CBC K-W – After years of hard work and tens of thousands of dollars, university graduates get a degree, but no job guarantee. Ken Coates, author, and former UW dean of arts, says the past four years may have been a waste of time and money.

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Boom Masks Innovation Deficit – Training, Education Needed

LEADER POST – Saskatchewan’s commodity fuelled economic boom is “masking a weak performance in innovation and productivity,” according to a study by the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, which was released at the Conference Board of Canada’s Saskatchewan Forum in Regina Tuesday.

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Failing the ‘average’ Canadian

NATIONAL POST – Statistics Canada recently released new data on the narrowing earnings gap between high school graduates and those with a university bachelor’s degree. There’s nothing particularly new about this, but it adds to a mounting body of evidence showing that what Canadians have been led to believe about the cash value of a university education is, for a great many people, simply not true. Read More

Scientific Wrangling Over Natural Gas and Climate Obscures the Need for Real Action

At its impressive Vancouver gathering, National Geographic asked a simple question:  Is natural gas the bridge to a sustainable energy future? The meeting brought together an impressive group of industry specialists, community representatives, environmental activists, and Aboriginal leaders. The frank discussions ranged from highly specialized, technical observations to emotional appeals for environmental protection. No consensus emerged, but the open conversation provided an excellent indication of the range of options about natural gas alternatives for the world’s pending energy crisis.

The Great Energy Challenge Blog Post, National Geographic

An Unfinished Nation: Completing the devolution revolution in Canada’s North

CBC North – An Unfinished Nation: Completing the devolution revolution in Canada’s North

Canada is an incomplete nation. Vast parts of the country, mostly in the North, lack the services,  equality of opportunity, and political authority necessary to effect positive change.

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Should college and university professors attach “trigger warnings” to certain kinds of course material? THE CURRENT WITH MARIA TREMONTI – A student Senate motion at the U of California asks professors to include warnings on course material that could trigger damaging emotional reactions in students.  Some see this awareness as positive. Other see an attempt to coddle and Censure.

But not everyone is on board with these policies and some worry that efforts to protect students will end up stifling academic freedom and free speech.

For their thoughts on where the right balance lies, we were joined by three people.

  • Ken Coates is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the University of Saskatchewan’s Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. He’s also the author of Campus Confidential: 100 Startling Things You Don’t Know About Canadian Universities.  Ken Coates was in Saskatoon.
  • Carrie Rentschler is the Director of the McGill Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies. She was in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Raechel Tiffe is a Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Merrimack College. She was in North Andover, Massachusetts.

Listen to full interview here.

Coates & Morrison: Kathleen Wynne’s latest bad idea

A recent news release from the Government of Ontario, although re-stating old news, invited universities to “submit proposals for new or expanded campuses in under-served areas.” The goal: add 60,000 university spaces to the already large Ontario system to permit more students to study closer to home. This announcement is a one of two things: an early April Fools’ joke or an impending provincial election. Picking up from former Premier Dalton McGuinty, who never saw an educational commitment he did not like, Premier Kathleen Wynne appears determined to return to university inducements to boost the Liberal party’s electoral fortunes. These bribes, which is what they were — particularly the tuition rebates hastily announced mid-campaign — were costly vote-getters during the last election. The Liberals clearly believe they will work again.

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