Looking Forward to 2013

As I round off my sixth week at OUSA, it’s hard to reflect on my experience thus far without inevitably looking forward to the year to come.  The last few weeks have been a whirlwind for me as I’ve forgone the more passive ‘dipping my toe in the water’ experience, and have, with great relish, instead ‘jumped in feet first’.  I have no doubt that 2013 will continue this trend of getting my feet wet.  Already, it’s quite clear to me that 2013 will be a transformative year for the higher education sector.
Politically, Ontario once again finds itself in a state of fervor as the pr …read more

It is with great pleasure that I announce OUSA’s call for submissions for the ninth volume of our annual publication, Educated Solutions.
For almost a decade, OUSA has annually released an issue of Educated Solutions, a publication aimed at discussing contemporary issues facing the higher education sector.  This year, Volume 9 of Educated Solutions will be centred around the theme of ‘Transformation.’  It will explore the ways in which issues of post-secondary education are changing and evolving in Ontario, while also examining instances in which the sector has remained static and has …read more

OUSA Fall Policy Papers: On Students with Disabilities

In early November, our fall General Assembly passed our Students with Disabilities policy paper outlining a number of recommendations for addressing some of the barriers students with mental and physical disabilities face at Ontario universities.  One area that OUSA noted as being particularly concerning for students with disabilities relates to their access to adequate financial assistance for higher education.  Students with disabilities regularly report experiencing higher costs than other students while pursuing a degree, including visual or auditory aids, assistive and adaptive technolo …read more

The Increasing and Decreasing Value of a Degree

Everyone who’s been in my life over the past several months knows that I am a big fan of New York Times blogger Nate Silver. He has a new book out called “The Signal and the Noise” wherein he proposes that while we live in an age where data is more readily available than ever before, we really aren’t always very good at interpreting it. There is too much of it, and most of the time we necessarily rely on others to tell us what it all means.
The problem is that the people we rely on often have distinct political biases and motivations, which causes selective or misguided interpretations …read more