Over the last fifty years, Canadian universities have experienced remarkable change. The explosion of a so-called "knowledge-based" economy, increasing corporate presence and funding on campus, and the unprecedented rise in enrolment, among other factors, have all played significant roles in the shaping of the modern Canadian university.
In this thoughtful book, Howard C. Clark considers how such changes to growth and governance have altered the nature of the institution itself. Tracing the development of the university from the end of the Second World War, through the seismic changes in the 1960s and 70s, Clark argues that while the accomplishments of Canadian universities were remarkable during this period, they were ill prepared for the financial constraints of the 1980s and early 1990s. As a result, they were left in a state of institutional paralysis that has hindered their ability to adapt to the needs of a changing society.
Historians of education, cultural historians, university administrators, government policymakers, and those with a stake in public education will welcome this important volume by one of Canada's most respected university administrators and educators.
Howard C. Clark is President and Vice-Chancellor Emeritus of Dalhousie University, a former Vice-President Academic at the University of Guelph, and former professor of Chemistry at the Universities of British Columbia and Western Ontario.
Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Similar Beginnings 2 The UBC Experience 3 First Step to the East 4 Lessons from Western 5 Going to Guelph 6 Central Themes from Guelph 7 The University Mission, Planning, and Priorities 8 Down East in the Maritimes 9 The Most Difficult Years 10 Finances, Rationalization, and Political Correctness 11 Universities, Governments, and Society 12 Achievements, Comparisons, and Challenges 13 Conclusions Notes Index