Last week, I wrote a piece about how most Canadian universities seem to have come through the pandemic financially unscathed or even a little bit better off. Briefly, universities pulled back on the spending in expectation of a collapse in revenues and then the collapse never really happened. Result: higher surpluses. Let’s just say the reactions to this piece were…heartfelt. And they often involved some combination of the adjective “lying”, and the nouns “tightwad”, “bastard” and “admins”. To the extent … [ Read More ]
On Monday, Statscan put out a “Portrait of Youth and Education in Canada,” which includes the following graph accompanied by a note to the effect that Canada has one of the highest post-secondary attainment rates in the world because of our high community colleges/polytechnic participation rates. It was accompanied by the following graph: Figure 1: Highest Level of Educational Attainment, 25 to 34-year-olds, Canada and OECD average 2019, as per Statistics Canada Now, I know this line of argument. I … [ Read More ]
Yesterday, we examined student income during COVID. On aggregate, income might not have dropped at all once the Canada Education Student Benefit is taken into the equation, though there was probably some re-distribution of money away from students who work summers to those who don’t. Today, I want to look at what happened to institutions in the pandemic, because again the picture painted by the data emerging from institutional financial statements is quite different from the conventional wisdom about what … [ Read More ]
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This joint publication between HEPI and HESA focuses on international higher education financing, discussing the concept of Targeted Free Tuition (TFT)--the idea that, while tuition fees backed by income-contingent loans can improve access, they still do not do enough to help students from the lowest-income households, who are typically the most debt averse. TFT assumes that these families should be partially or wholly exepted from fees. In this report, Alex Usher and Robert Burroughs explore examples of this subsidization approach from around the world.