MTCU "3 cubed" report proposals impractical, says UoGuelph prof

March 1, 2012

In response to an Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities discussion paper, which has been posted on Scribd, Stephen Henighan, a professor of Hispanic studies at UoGuelph, observes in a Globe and Mail column that even without 3-year degree programs, of which the report suggests there should be more, "Ontario already has serious problems with the shrinking content of a university degree," arguing that university students today "graduate into the knowledge economy with less knowledge than their parents had." Comparing Ontario's education system to those in Europe, Quebec, and the rest of North America, Henighan states that 3-year degrees "would make Ontarians stand out as intellectually malnourished." The report fails to acknowledge that students are people who mature at their own rate, the professor writes. Trying courses and programs in different areas and the discovery of new passions and aptitudes spin out many students' degrees to 4.5 or 5 years, and such experimentation is "an indispensable step in becoming a mature adult who's not only productive but also human. That's something few people can achieve in three years." Globe and Mail | Scribd