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Program Prioritization: Demonstrable Significance and High Quality

Posted in College Activities on January 4th, 2013 by Peter Stoicheff Comments Off

 A recent story in the Globe and Mail on Program Prioritization – a university-wide process of reviewing programs – shows that it is gaining profile as a post-secondary institution activity in Canada. It can create some anxiety among people who see its purpose exclusively to be cutting programs and saving money. With those aims in[...]

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Arts & Science: Value to Society

Posted in Integrated Planning thoughts on October 3rd, 2012 by Peter Stoicheff Comments Off

The last two blogs have been on the topic of “the value of a university [read “Arts & Science”] education. The first looked at “value” from a financial perspective, and the second from a personal benefit perspective. Now I’m looking at the topic from the perspective of the value to society as a result of[...]

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Urban Aboriginal Peoples and Access to University Education

Posted in College Activities, Integrated Planning thoughts on October 2nd, 2012 by Peter Stoicheff Comments Off

If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, please pick up the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study by the Environics Institute. I met Michael Adams, founder and president of Environics Research Group and the non-profit Environics Institute, last fall when he was visiting the university. He had recently completed the Study, and was asked[...]

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Aboriginal Engagement in A&S

Posted in College Activities, Integrated Planning thoughts on October 1st, 2012 by Peter Stoicheff Comments Off

Consider this: the national rate of Aboriginal post-secondary education participation is only 54%. For the rest of Canadians, it’s 73%. Aboriginal students nationally are twice as likely to drop out of PSE. And the Aboriginal population in Saskatchewan is on the rise. In 1986, it was 7.8%. By 2001, it had nearly doubled, to 13.5%.[...]

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Innovation, Creativity, and Curiosity

Posted in College Activities on September 28th, 2012 by Peter Stoicheff Comments Off

I’ve been reading a fascinating book by Steven Johnson called Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation. He was the keynote speaker at the university’s “Innovation Week” recently. One of Johnson’s themes is that innovation arises out of an ability to think flexibly – in fact metaphorically (as he does) — to[...]

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The Value of A Degree

Posted in Integrated Planning thoughts on September 27th, 2012 by Peter Stoicheff Comments Off

I recently did an interview on “the value of a university education” with the CBC radio call-in show Blue Sky, and the questions I received from the interviewer and from callers helped to clarify my thoughts on the issue once again. It’s one that arises each year at about this time – the start of[...]

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“The Road Ahead for Higher Ed”: Ken Steele and A&S

Posted in College Activities, Integrated Planning thoughts on July 3rd, 2012 by Peter Stoicheff Comments Off

Last month we hosted Ken Steele, the co-founder and Vice-President of Academica Inc.  A self-proclaimed ‘lapsed academic’, Ken spoke to our University community about changes ahead in Canadian post-secondary education. His message was inspired in part by a recent Globe & Mail editorial titled “Reform or perish” and by the fact that Canadian universities receive[...]

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The New Season of Implementing the College Plan

Posted in College Activities, Integrated Planning thoughts on April 5th, 2012 by Peter Stoicheff Comments Off

Together, the College’s faculty, staff, students and administration generated, and in October 2011 approved, its Third Integrated Plan (IP3). It was well received by the University Plans Review Committee, a committee designed to give feedback on all college and unit plans across the campus. Approval by Faculty Council marked the end of one stage of[...]

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A&S Alumnus Wins Canada-Wide Thesis Award

Posted in College Activities on March 25th, 2012 by Peter Stoicheff Comments Off

Earning a degree from the College of A&S involves a lot of effort, and it’s accomplished by meeting a challenging and demanding schedule of lectures, labs, and tutorials, researching, studying, and writing. Our students are dedicated, diligent, curious, and tenacious. Take Patricio Desjardins, a former PhD student from our Department of Geological Sciences, whose own[...]

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Aboriginal Engagement in the College

Posted in College Activities, Integrated Planning thoughts on March 25th, 2012 by Peter Stoicheff Comments Off

In keeping with the spirit of the Treaties, in response to demographic projections, and due to our location, the College must strengthen and realize its commitment to becoming the right place for Aboriginal students to achieve their university ambitions. A successful future for both the university and the province of Saskatchewan will require that the[...]

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