Category Archives: alberta postsecondary education

GFC and the USRIs: How Should Teaching Evaluations at the University of Alberta Be Used?

This is a brief post meant to stimulate conversation about a question faculty and other instructors across campus should be asking: in a decade in which studies indicating that student evaluations of teaching involve bias against certain groups of instructors, … Continue reading

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Kick Out the Jams (Post by Kathleen Lowrey, Anthropology)

So are we not kicking out the jams, then? Yesterday members of the Faculty of Arts received a communication from Acting Dean Lise Gotell expressing concern about “overly critical – even aggressive” ways of speaking on the part of faculty … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Minister of Advanced Education Lori Sigurdson on the Rewriting of the Post-Secondary Learning Act

23 November 2015     The Honorable Lori Sigurdson Minister of Advanced Education Government of Alberta 404 Legislature Building 10800 – 97 Avenue Edmonton, AB Canada T5K 2B6   Dear Minister: We write further to your letter of 30 September 2015 … Continue reading

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Alberta’s New Government and the Funding of Postsecondary Education and Academic Research in Alberta

It has now been a week since Albertans elected Rachel Notley of the New Democratic Party (NDP) Alberta’s new premier. Albertans elected Ms. Notley to the premier’s office despite the efforts of the current chair of the Board of Governors … Continue reading

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Habits of Mind and the Leadership Initiative (Guest Post by Kathleen Lowrey, Anthropology)

It’s been understandably difficult in recent days to think of anything University-associated except in terms of cost/benefit analysis. As a result, discussion of the Leadership Initiative proposed for the University of Alberta has focused on whether it is an investment … Continue reading

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Mason: Debates to Catalyze Imagining of a Post-PC Alberta

Earlier this week, Brian Mason of the New Democratic Party and Danielle Smith of the Wild Rose appeared on campus to talk to media about their upcoming series of debates on campuses around the province. The debates, a response to … Continue reading

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It’s My Mandate, and I’ll Do What I Want to: Lukaszuk (Minister of Enterprise & Advanced Education) Rejects “Understanding”

For months, a senior colleague has been telling me that it is a waste of time and energy to attempt to reason with the Government of Alberta. No rational government would have delivered the cuts to postsecondary education that this … Continue reading

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