Pathway Colleges: A New Kind of P3
I have an opinion piece out on “pathway colleges,” a relatively new phenomenon in Canada.Â In this public-private partnership (P3) model, private companies recruit international students to Canadian universityÂ campuses, targeting students who currently do not meet the universityâ€™s admissions criteria (usually because they lack the necessary English-language skills).Â Once the students arrive in Canada, the companyÂ hires instructors (payingÂ them considerably less than they would pay tenured faculty members)Â andÂ teachesÂ them courses they need in order to gain admission to the actual university.
If all goes according to plan, the pathway college’s students eventually gain admission to the university itself.Â In exchange, the university receives a fee as compensation for use of its brand and its facilities, including its libraries and classrooms.
I’m concerned that the above model will result in both lower quality teaching andÂ downward pressure on faculty salaries.
Nick Falvo is a Calgary-based research consultant with a PhD in Public Policy. He has academic affiliation at both Carleton University and Case Western Reserve University, and is Section Editor of the Canadian Review of Social Policy/Revue canadienne de politique sociale. You can check out his website here: https://nickfalvo.ca/.