What might Ontario's new undergraduate universities look like?

October 17, 2011

Writing for the Toronto Star, David Trick, co-author of the forthcoming book Academic Reform: Policy Options for Improving the Quality and Cost-Effectiveness of Undergraduate Education in Ontario, outlines some features to look for in the re-elected Ontario Liberal government's 3 proposed undergraduate campuses. They should aim to teach students skills such as critical thinking and effective communication, and be held accountable for proving that students have acquired these skills prior to graduating; offer programs that meet emerging economic needs; and focus on teaching. Trick writes that the new universities should integrate new technologies into the curriculum, as well as have a student-focused research mission. He concludes that the teaching-oriented university would be a more affordable way to provide high-quality undergraduate education for an increasing number of students. Toronto Star