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Research reports

Mining existing surveys to develop better performance metrics for Ontario colleges and universities.  Co-author Jinli Yang.  Funded through the Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund.  Toronto, May 2017.

Peer-reviewed publications 

The Cost of Recruiting and Admitting Transfer Students: Results of a Survey of Ontario Colleges and Universities.  Toronto: Ontario Council on Admissions and Transfer, 2016.

Affiliated and Federated Universities as Sources of University Differentiation.  Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, 2015.

The Role of Intermediary Bodies in Enhancing Quality and Sustainability in Higher Education.  Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, 2015.

How Online Learning Affects Productivity, Cost and Quality in Higher Education: An Environmental Scan and Review of the Literature.  Co-author Thomas Carey.  Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, 2013.

College-to-University Transfer Arrangements and Undergraduate Education: Ontario in a National and International Context. Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, 2013.  Video interviewReply to Alex Usher.

College-to-University Transfer Arrangements and Undergraduate Education: Ontario in a National and International Context: Research Notes. Co-author Jill Lawrance.  Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, 2013.

Making College-University Collaboration Work: Ontario in a National and International Context. Co-author Andrew Boggs.  Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, 2009.

“Advising for impact: Lessons from the Rae review on the use of special-purpose advisory commissions” Co-author Ian D. Clark. Canadian Public Administration 49:2 (Summer 2006): 180-195

Consulting studies (released by the client)

Capital costs of Selected Postsecondary Campuses.  Prepared for the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, 2012.

Advice to government

Quality: Shifting the Focus: A Report from the Expert Panel to Assess the Strategic Mandate Agreement Submissions.  Report to the Ontario Minister of Training Colleges and Universities, 2013.  [David Trick was one of 10 panel members.]


"Taking Apprenticeship Seriously."  Itsnotacademic (blog).  Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario,  November 20, 2014.

"A happy 50th birthday to Ontario’s MTCU." Itsnotacademic (blog).  Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario,  May 8, 2014.

"Robarts Plan for Higher Education Goes Golden." Itsnotacademic (blog).  Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario,  March 20, 2013.  [The Robarts statement appears in the Legislature of Ontario Debates, March 21, 1963, pages 2001-2012.]

"Universities: Bang for Our Buck?"  The Agenda with Steve Paikin.  With Alicia Ali, David Naylor and Harvey Weingarten.  TVO, April 25, 2012.

"University class sizes."  The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright.  With Ian D. Clark.  CBC Radio One, February 19, 2012. 

"Expanding graduate programs and renewing the professoriate: What’s the connection?"  Co-authors Ian D. Clark and Richard Van Loon.  Academic Matters, February 2012.

"Book excerpt: Time to consider a new type of university."  Co-authors Ian D. Clark and Richard Van Loon. University Affairs, November 7, 2011.  [Excerpt from chapter 5 of Academic Reform]

"Funding Ontario universities: What role should students play?" Co-authors Ian D. Clark and Richard Van Loon.  The Blue and White, November 1, 2011.

"New universities for Ontario."  Toronto Star, October 14, 2011.

"Ontario's reticence in higher education: Is it time to contemplate major system reform?"  Co-authors Ian D. Clark and Richard Van Loon.  The Blue and White, February 9, 2011.

"Bringing teaching-oriented faculty into the mainstream"  Co-authors Ian D. Clark, Greg Moran and Michael L. Skolnik. Educated Solutions, Fall 2010.  10-11.

Book reviews

Review of Assessing Quality in Postsecondary Education: International Perspectives, ed. by Harvey P. Weingarten, Martin Hicks and Amy Kaufman (Montreal and Kingston: McGill University Press, 2018): pp. 197.  Higher Education Research and Development (17 May 2018).

“Disentangling university research policies.”  Review of G. Bruce Doern and Christopher Stoney (editors), Research and Innovation Policy: Changing Federal Government – University Relations. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009), and David D. Dill and Frans A. Van Vught (editors), National Innovation and the Academic Research Enterprise: Public Policy in Global Perspective. (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010).  Academic Matters, September 2010.

“Definitely not for loss.”  Review of Mission and Money: Understanding the University, by Burton A. Weisbrod, Jeffrey P. Ballou, and Evelyn D. Asch (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008).  Academic Matters, March 2010.

"Making Decisions That Endure for Decades."  Review of Tertiary Education for the Knowledge Society, Paulo Santiago, Karine Tremblay, Ester Basri and Elena Arnal (Paris: OECD, 2008).  Academic Matters, May 2009.

Ph.D. Thesis 

"Continuity, Retrenchment and Renewal: The Politics of Government-University Relations in Ontario, 1985-2002."  Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, 2005.
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