Universities need “a good news story” for humanities, social sciences

April 1, 2016

“The social sciences and humanities cured cancer” by effectively communicating research about cigarettes and smoking to the public, says McGill University Provost and Vice-Principal, Academic Christopher Manfredi. This statement was first made in a meeting on the need for university administrators and faculty to respond to the “false crisis” of humanities and social sciences with a good news story, rather than with damage control measures. Ross Finnie of the University of Ottawa explains that the issue with the humanities and social sciences is not employability, contrary to public thinking, since many graduates are employed with high earnings within a few years of graduation. The article goes on to summarize many ways that the humanities and social sciences can meet the enrolment and public relations issues facing them. University Affairs