Scientists cautiously optimistic about research, higher ed prospects under Liberal government

January 8, 2016

Many of Canada’s scientists are still expressing guarded optimism over the Liberal majority government elected in October of 2015, writes Times Higher Education. While many applaud the government’s expressed commitment to restoring funding cuts, “unmuzzling” researchers, and creating more transparency around higher ed decisions, others are still waiting to see how these commitments play out in official policies and budgets. According to David Robinson, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, the government could make a significant impact on Canadian research by creating national standards for higher education in the same way it has for healthcare. Leaving it to the provinces to manage higher education can introduce what Robinson calls “real inconsistency” across the country, and a national set of standards could provide meaningful consensus on issues such as tuition fees and the transfer of PSE credits. Times Higher Education