CBU President calls for “new conversation” on PSE funding

January 8, 2015

In a new post on Academica’s Rethinking Higher Ed Forum, Cape Breton University President David Wheeler calls for “a new conversation” on PSE funding in Canada. Wheeler draws on his experience in English higher education to examine a number of international best practices that he believes may have merit in a Canadian context. He cites 5 areas that would benefit from strategic coordination between federal and provincial governments and from incentive-based funding: marketing Canada as a higher education destination; enhancing the impact of research; enhancing social justice; supporting First Nations access and success in education; and supporting the role of universities in regional economic development. Wheeler says that these areas are vital to the economic success of the country, as well as to the future of Canadian graduates and society as a whole. Rethinking Higher Ed