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New university, new possibilities: higher education in Western Canada

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universities, teaching, Canada

Abstract (summary)

Purpose: This paper aims to examine the new teaching universities created in British Columbia and Alberta over the past 10 years in the context of the multiple challenges faced by higher education today, including issues of purpose, culture, governance, accountability and finances. Design/methodology/approach: The essay provides a historic overview of the challenges universities face today. In this context, it presents the new Western Canadian universities as a possible model, even while identifying the challenges these institutions face in the future. Findings: This case study concludes that universities must change if they are to meet the expectations of students and the needs of society. It outlines the challenges faced by the new universities, how they have responded, the successes they have experienced and the challenges they confront. Originality/value: To the best of the author's knowledge, this is the first study of the new Canadian universities.

Publication Information

Atkinson, David W. "New University, New Possibilities: Higher Education in Western Canada." On the Horizon, vol. 27, no. 2, 2019, pp. 87-97.


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