Academic Reform: Policy Options for Improving the Quality and Cost-effectiveness of Undergraduate Education in Ontario
By Ian D. Clark, David Trick and Richard Van Loon
McGill-Queen's University Press, 2011
Academic Reform provides realistic policy options for improving the quality and the cost-effectiveness of undergraduate education in Ontario.
The authors start with the premise that the teacher-scholar ideal pursued by individual universities has led to a model for undergraduate education in Ontario that is financially unsustainable and does not provide the best possible education for undergraduate students. They draw from the literature on higher education reform and on recent policy initiatives in the United Kingdom, Australia, Europe and selected American states and Canadian provinces to show that options are available for providing high-quality education to an ever-expanding number of students at a more affordable cost to both students and governments.
Academic Reform explores ways to sharpen the universities’ focus on undergraduate teaching and to increase the number of students attending institutions that focus on undergraduate education, without diminishing Ontario’s ability to attract and retain university researchers of the highest calibre. The authors develop a model for teaching-oriented undergraduate institutions that would complement traditional research universities. They present options for provincial funding and regulation to encourage the creation of such institutions while supporting high-quality undergraduate teaching at existing universities.
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