Canada’s universities need to care whether grads get jobs: McGugan

October 2, 2017

“More and more young adults think it's typical to accumulate a couple of degrees or diplomas before getting started in life,” writes Ian McGugan, who argues that Canada’s universities need to be held more accountable for the employment outcomes of their graduates. To help address this issue, the author suggests that the government require university programs to track their graduates for five years in order to provide prospective students with clear numbers on how many former students end up being employed in their field. A second suggestion is that accreditation and degrees should be offered by bodies independent of universities rather than the universities themselves. “A system like that could be the first step to putting limits on Canada's bloated and not very effective system of higher education,” McGugan concludes, adding that “it can’t happen soon enough.” Globe and Mail