CBU President calls for “fundamental reform” to PSE in Canada

June 17, 2014

Cape Breton University President David Wheeler told an audience at the Canadian International Conference on Education that a “fundamental reform” of Canadian PSE is necessary for Canada to remain competitive. Wheeler said that in the future PSE will be built around an “integrated educational ecosystem” in which K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities collaborate in areas including entrepreneurship education, innovation, creativity, and sustainability. Wheeler foresees a future in which the public funding model of PSE changes drastically into a system in which universities are rewarded for their performance in economic development, student employability, and commercialization of research as well as traditional metrics. Wheeler used his platform as an opportunity to advocate the development of a “super-university” in Halifax, which he says could help drive Nova Scotia’s economy forward. CBU News Release | Full Presentation