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Academic Transformation: The Forces Reshaping Higher Education in Canada

Academic Transformation: The Forces Reshaping Higher Education in Canada

by Ian D. Clark, Greg Moran, Michael L. Skolnik and David Trick

The large scale publicly funded system of post-secondary education in Ontario developed in the 1960s has been largely successful in fulfilling important societal needs in the areas of education, human resource development, and research. Existing approaches, however, are unlikely to be sufficient to address the challenges of the coming decade.

Academic Transformation: The Forces Reshaping Higher Education in Ontario examines the developments that are re-shaping the province's post-secondary system, including higher enrolment, further development of a knowledge-based economy, increased demands for research focused on competitiveness and productivity, and Ontario's transition to a multicultural, internationally connected, urban, and aged society. Universities and colleges are also adjusting to internal changes in the composition of the student body and staff, faculty work profiles, and funding arrangements. The authors consider possible changes to the system's structure, policy, and governance that may be helpful in dealing with the anticipated changes in societal needs and expectations related to post-secondary education.

Ian D. Clark is a professor in the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto.

Greg Moran is a professor and member of both the clinical and developmental groups within the Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario.

Michael Skolnik is professor emeritus in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

David Trick is president of David Trick and Associates, consultants in higher education strategy and management.

Table of Contents


  1. Transformation...and the Need for Further Transformation
  2. The Challenge of Access
  3. Knowledge Production: The Challenge of Contributing to Productivity, Competitiveness and Sustainability
  4. Financial Pressures and the Transformation of the Professoriate
  5. The Impact of Quality and Accountability Measures on System Responsiveness
  6. The Design of Ontario's System of Post-secondary Education
  7. Conclusions and Implications for the Future

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