Provost Makes Headlines

December 07, 2011 - In the News

An opinion column by Maureen Mancuso, provost and vice-president (academic), appears in the latest issue of University Affairs. In the commentary, Mancuso takes issue with the premises of a new book, Academic Reform, that says Canada would improve its higher education system by adding "teaching-oriented” universities.

“It’s a seductive argument, but only if you accept the premise that learning in universities isn’t undermined when decoupled from the basic acts of inquiry and discovery that fuel university research," Mancuso writes. "Students come to university to learn skills of critical thinking and innovation, and every student deserves to be taught by faculty who are at the leading edge of knowledge in their fields — that is, engaged in research.”

The full op-ed is available online.

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