Universities urged to develop more applied programs

December 8, 2007

Clive Keen, a retired administrator at UPEI, argues in a report to the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) that in the face of declining demographics across most of the country, universities need to appeal to aboriginal, low-income, and first-generation students. Most are young males who are "turned off" by traditional humanities and social sciences offerings, but will gravitate to employment-specific programs like computer games and animation, sports marketing, adventure recreation, disaster management and renewable energy. The opposing view, advocated by James Côté in Ivory Tower Blues, is for universities to stay focused on high-achieving academic students, and face potential downsizing.