The Canadian Journal of Higher Education

Articles from Vol. 45, No. 4, 2015

50 Shades of Green: An Examination of Sustainability Policy on Canadian Campuses
IntroductionHuman activity is having a significant impact on the planet, to the extent that scientists are no longer certain that the Earth's ecosystems can support and sustain current and future generations (Ehrlich & Ehrlich, 2013; IPCC, 2012;...
A Large, First-Year, Introductory, Multi- Sectional Biological Concepts of Health Course Designed to Develop Skills and Enhance Deeper Learning
IntroductionMany first-year science courses at medium to large institutions offer large class sizes in the first year, with a heavy emphasis on factual content and memorization. Both attributes have contributed to low student engagement (as indicated...
Applying a Linked-Course Model to Foster Inquiry and Integration across Large First- Year Courses
First-year curricula in many North American universities are changing in response to increasing enrolments and shrinking budgets for personnel and infrastructure (Wieman, Perkins & Gilbert, 2010). Increasing class size also creates pedagogical challenges...
Assessing Mentoring Culture: Faculty and Staff Perceptions, Gaps, and Strengths
IntroductionThis research team undertook a snapshot evaluation of mentorship in the health science programs in a postsecondary institution to validate the mentorship teamwork to date and gather data to focus strategic planning for future endeavours....
Economic Benefits of Studying Economics in Canada: A Comparison of Wages of Economics Majors with Wages in Other Fields of Study, Circa 2005
This paper provides an analysis of the labour-market performance of economics degree holders in Canada in relation to a cross-section of 49 other fields of study. We use microdata based on a 20% sample of the population, drawn from the 2006 Canadian...
Exploring Student and Advisor Experiences in a College-University Pathway Program: A Study of the Bachelor of Commerce Pathway
IntroductionIn summer 2005, Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) initiated multiple pathway programs to help college students complete university degrees and university students complete college diplomas and certificates....
Faculty Writing Groups: A Support for Women Balancing Family and Career on the Academic Tightrope
IntroductionHistorically, the Faculty of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland, has been rooted in teaching practice and the education of preservice teachers. Most faculty of education positions require teaching experience in the public school...
Framing Student Perspectives into the Higher Education Institutional Review Policy Process
IntroductionIt is not surprising that advances in promising teaching and learning practices provide the impetus for many institutions across the globe to revise their policies, in a desire to maintain alignment with the emerging higher education literature....
Graduate Writing Assignments across Faculties in a Canadian University
Writing skills have been rated important in graduate education (Bridgeman & Carlson, 1984). To contextualize the present study, we reviewed previous studies that explored the particularities and types of university writing assignments. Among these...
Internationalization in Canadian Higher Education: A Case Study of the Gap between Official Discourses and On-the-Ground Realities
IntroductionInternationalization is a key feature of higher education in the early 21st century, and Canadian universities are no exception to this global trend. Over the past 15 years or so, international initiatives related to student and faculty mobility,...
Knowledge Liaisons: Negotiating Multiple Pedagogies in Global Indigenous Studies Courses
IntroductionIn the current educational climate of increasing fiscal concerns, Canadian universities are seeking to redefine themselves in an effort to increase student enrolment and retention. Changes are reflected in recently revised strategic plans,...
Measuring Systemic and Climate Diversity in Ontario's University Sector
IntroductionThe extent and nature of institutional differentiation are one design choice among many that must be considered by policy makers when developing a higher education system or when dealing with an increased number of students and growing societal...
New Faculty Experience in Times of Institutional Change
In recent years, many post-secondary institutions across Canada have transitioned from colleges to universities. Founded over 100 years ago, our western Canadian institution had long operated as a community college, with two-year university transfer...
Race, Gender, and Affirmative Action Attitudes in American and Canadian Universities
IntroductionRace, gender and affirmative action remain among the most challenging issues facing American and Canadian higher education. The American and Canadian histories concerning race are quite different and each nation has adopted quite different...
Rapport Non Traditionnel Aux éTudes : Les Règles Des Universités et De L'état Québécois 1
IntroductionDans la foulée de la démocratisation de l'éducation amorcée au milieu du XXe siècle, la population étudiante des universités s'est pluralisée en ce qui a trait à ses caractéristiques sociodémographiques. Plus encore, cette population s'est...
Repeated Low Teaching Evaluations: A Form of Habitual Behaviour?
IntroductionJust as Consumer Reports ranks soap and deodorant on an annual basis, Maclean's and The Globe and Mail, using the results of student surveys, rank Canadian universities along a number of dimensions, including teaching. Just as Consumer Reports'...
Seeking Internationalization: The State of Canadian Higher Education
IntroductionThe proliferation of global student mobility and academic cosmopolitanism continues to significantly alter the landscape of Canadian universities. Between 2000 and 2011, foreign student1 populations grew over 99% in Canada, from 89,532 to...
Special Consideration in Post-Secondary Institutions: Trends at a Canadian University
Special Consideration Policies and ProceduresSpecial consideration refers to the adaptation of a grading process because of circumstances beyond a student's control that negatively affect his or her academic performance. This practice is common in secondary...
Student Affairs in Canada in 2013: Perceptions, Trends, and an Outlook toward the Future
Professionalism at postsecondary institutions represents a substantial field of interest for researchers. Often, discussions of this subject are limited to instructors being assessed on their research or teaching abilities. While this is inarguably an...
Student Mobilities, Migration and the Internationalization of Higher Education
Brooks, R., & Waters, J. (2011). Student Mobilities, Migration and the Internationalization of Higher Education. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. Pages: 208. Price: 100.00 USD (hardcover). ISBN 9780230578449Current research investigating international...
The Challenge of Differing Perspectives Surrounding Grades in the Assessment Education of Pre-Service Teachers
As he looked into my eyes, he stated quite assertively, "Come on, Deb, the grade does matter." He went on to tell me that he had aspirations for further study and that achieving an 85 percent average was paramount to his success.-Moment 1, October 1,...
The Culture of Business Education and Its Place in the Modern University
IntroductionAccording to many scholars, universities are in a state of crisis unlike any seen in the past (Pelikan, 1992; Readings, 1996; Emberley, 1997). Government cutbacks, striking staff, research falsification, and administrative blunders have all...
The Efficacy of Key Performance Indicators in Ontario Universities as Perceived by Key Informants
IntroductionThe Ministry of Education and Training's Task Force on University Accountability first proposed performance indicators for colleges and universities in Ontario in the early 1990s (Ministry of Education and Training, 1993). The decision to...
The Fountain of Knowledge: The Role of Universities in Economic Development
Breznitz, Shiri M. (2014). The Fountain of Knowledge: The Role of Universities in Economic Development. Stanford: Stanford University Press. Pages: 197. Price: $60.00 USD (cloth)."The fountains of knowledge" as a phrase was first used by John Locke in...
What Is Your Degree Worth? the Relationship between Post-Secondary Programs and Employment Outcomes
Pursuing a postsecondary degree is similar to purchasing stocks-it is an investment intended to provide future benefits. More than 80% of high school graduates pursue postsecondary education to increase employment opportunities and income (King, Warren,...
What the Best Law Teachers Do
Schwartz, M.H., Hess, G.F., & Sparrow, S. M. (2013). What the Best Law Teachers Do. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. Pages: 355. Price: 29.95 USD (hardcover). ISBN 978-0-674049-14-7After almost 15 years of teaching, I am still...
What We Learned about Mentoring Research Assistants Employed in a Complex, Mixed-Methods Health Study
Students are mentored in the research process by faculty members in many contexts within higher education. This can involve: faculty members mentoring graduate students throughout the process of completing a thesis or dissertation (Earley, 2007; Humble,...
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