Limiting admissions among UVic fellow's suggestions to reform universities

December 4, 2012

Assuming that universities' role is to prepare students for professions in the broadest sense, there are methods of doing so more economically, efficiently, and successfully than at present, writes Jordan Paper for University Affairs. A fellow at UVic's Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, Paper's suggestions include dividing subject matter content and understanding into discreet units rather than classes, having graduate students teach introductory courses, and limiting university admissions to those who can show their readiness to benefit from the educational experience through meaningful exams and essays. On the latter suggestion, Paper writes that this would force secondary schools to prepare students for study at PSE institutions. "Potential students should have unlimited chances to demonstrate their readiness for university and should not be encouraged to enter universities directly from secondary schools." University Affairs