Coates, Axworthy debate university enrolment

May 1, 2015

The National Post has published dueling op-eds in which Lloyd Axworthy and Ken Coates debate how many young people should be attending university. Coates revisits his argument that institutions should be more selective in admitting students, arguing that growing class sizes have led to a decline in quality. Axworthy counters that education is a "fundamental building block in the wellbeing of democracy" and that reducing enrolment as Coates suggests would contribute to inequality. Axworthy quotes Andrew Parkin's recent argument on Academica's Rethinking Higher Ed that education need not be a zero-sum game, and emphasizes the value of a liberal arts education as well as skills-based training for preparing graduates for an uncertain future. National Post (Coates) | National Post (Axworthy)