The Government of Ontario recently announced a comprehensive review of the design and funding of the province's post-secondary education system, chaired by former premier Bob Rae. The issues and opportunities confronting Ontario and Canadian research universities are by no means unique. Many industrialized countries have been forced over the last several years to respond to challenges in higher education. In response to the Rae review, the University of Toronto convened a conference in December of 2004 to focus on the evolving role of the public university in industrialized democracies, and the implications of this role for creating optimal government policy. The conference involved leading policy makers, university administrators, and scholars from Canada and abroad. Taking Public Universities Seriously includes all the papers given at this conference, and is enhanced by a comprehensive introduction by two of Canada's most prominent and experienced university administrators, Frank Iacobucci and Carolyn Tuohy.
Topics discussed include the rationale for funding public universities, the role of the public university, the increased competition between higher education and other government priorities, the proper role of tuition in the funding of higher education, and the models for student assistance if tuition fees increase. Anyone concerned with the future of public universities will find this book essential reading and a touchstone for future discussions. Contributors: Benjamin Alarie * Nicholas Barr * Bahram Bekhradnia * Michelle Broderick * David M. Cameron * H. Lorne Carmichael * Judith Chadwick * John R.G. Challis * Ronald J. Daniels * Peter Dawkins * David Duff * David Dyzenhaus * Ross Finnie * Jane Gaskell * Meric S. Gertler * Andrew Green * Martin Hayden * Ruth Hayhoe * Edward Iacobucci * Glen A. Jones * Daniel W. Lang * Donald N. Langenberg * James Milway * V. Lynn Meek * Stephen Parker * W. Craig Riddell * Arthur Ripstein * Steven J. Rosenstone * Jose Sigouin * Andrew A. Sorensen * Lorne Sossin * Janice Gross Stein * Arthur Sweetman * Michael J. Trebilcock * Tara Vinodrai * Melissa S. Williams * Ross Williams * David A. Wolfe * Qiang Zha
The Honourable Frank Iacobucci is Interim President of the University of Toronto and a former Supreme Court of Canada justice. Carolyn Tuohy is a professor emeritus of political science and founding fellow in the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.
Introduction Frank Iacobucci and Carolyn Tuohy Part 1 The Challenges Confronting Public Universities The Role of Public Universities in the Move to Mass Higher Education: Some Reflections on the Experience of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China Ruth Hayhoe and Qiang Zha Australian Higher Education: Crossroads or Crisis? Stephen Parker Diverse Challenges, Diverse Solutions Bahram Bekhradnia The Principal Challenges to Public Higher Education in the United States Andrew A. Sorenson What Is a 'Public' University? Donald N. Langenberg Challenges Facing Higher Education in America: Lessons and Opportunities Steven J. Rosenstone Towards a New Compact in University Education in Ontario Ronald J. Daniels and Michael J. Trebilcock Part 2 Rationales for and Modes of Public Intervention Public Funding of Teaching and Research in Universities: A View from the South Peter Dawkins and Ross Williams The Social Benefits of Education: New Evidence on an Old Question W. Craig Riddell The Case for Public Investment in the Humanities David Dyzenhaus On Complex Intersections: Ontario Universities and Governments Glen A. Jones Equality of Opportunity and University Education Andrew Green Part 3 Responding to the Challenges: Performance-Based Government Operating and Capital Support The Unbearable Lightness of Being: Universities as Performers Janice Gross Stein The Political Economy of Performance Funding Dan Lang Public Funding, Markets, and Quality: Assessing the Role of Market-Based Performance Funding for Universities Andrew Green and Frank Iacobucci Part 4 Building Excellence: Graduate and Research Support Post-secondary Education and Research: Whither Canadian Federalism? David M. Cameron Anchors of Creativity: How Do Public Universities Create Competitive and Cohesive Communities? Meric S. Gertler and Tara Vinodrai Innovation and Research Funding: The Role of Government Support David A. Wolfe Post-secondary Education and Ontario's Prosperity James Milway The University Research Environment John R.G. Challis, Jose Sigouin, Judith Chadwick, and Michelle Broderick Part 5 Governing the System: New Modes for Promoting Accountability, Transparency, and Responsiveness The Governance of Public Universities in Australia: Trends and Contemporary Issues V. Lynn Meek and Martin Hayden Deliberative Democracy: The Role of Educational Research in Educational Policy Jane Gaskell Public Universities and the Public Interest: The Compelling Case for a Buffer between Universities and Government Lorne Sossin Part 6 Enhancing Accessibility: Normative Foundations for Income-Contingent Grant and Loan Programs Higher Education Funding Nicholas Barr Student Financial Aid: The Role of Loans and Grants Ross Finnie Public and Private Benefits in Higher Education Arthur Ripstein Access to Public Universities: Addressing Systemic Inequalities Melissa S. Williams Education, Equity, Economics: Can These Words Be in the Same Title? Arthur Sweetman An Income-Contingent Financing Program for Ontario Benjamin Alarie and David Duff Timing the Payment of Tuition to Enhance Accessibility: a Graduate Tax? H. Lorne Carmichael