Mount Royal president on revitalizing Canada's undergraduate experience

May 6, 2011

Policy-makers at all levels have turned their attention to revitalizing the undergraduate experience. One of the major forces behind the potential redesign of the undergraduate education delivery model is the opinion that the current model is financially unsustainable. In the latest issue of Policy Options, Dave Marshall, the outgoing president of Mount Royal University, argues that the situation is unsustainable not for financial reasons, but for reasons of quality. The system needs to be redesigned to make sure money is spent in the right place for the right outcomes, he writes. To arrive at the appropriate design to maximize learning outcomes, the approach to policy-making on this issue needs to change, with measure and design considerations examined ahead of cost containment considerations. Policy Options