The “Big Five” Proposal for Canadian Universities
I have an opinion piece out on the so-called “Big Five” proposal for Canadian universities.Â The plan, first articulated in MacLean’s magazine just over a year ago, would entail two main things:Â 1) more research money concentrated at five major Canadian universities; and 2) lower undergraduate-to-graduate studentÂ ratios for those same five universities.Â The universities in question areÂ Toronto, McGill, UBC, Alberta and Montreal.
In a nutshell, theÂ plan argues that those fiveÂ Canadian universities should focus more on research, and thatÂ the rest of Canada’s universities should focus onÂ undergraduate teaching.Â
Well, someone once said that whatever can be summed up in a nutshell ought to stay in one, and I tend to agree with that point here.Â I argue in my opinion piece that the planâ€•if acted onâ€•has the potential toÂ result inÂ researchers at “The Big Five” universitiesÂ winning moreÂ Nobel prizes.Â That said, it’s not the way to encourageÂ good research.
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/.