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The large scale publicly funded system of postsecondary education in Ontario developed in the 1960s has been largely successful in fulfilling important societal needs in the areas of education, human resource development, and research. Existing approaches, however, are unlikely to be sufficient to address the challenges of the coming decade.

Academic Transformation: The Forces Reshaping Higher Education in Ontario examines the developments that are re-shaping the province's post-secondary system, including higher enrollment, further development of a knowledge-based economy, and ncreased demands for research focused on competitiveness and productivity. Universities and colleges are also adjusting to internal changes in the composition of the student body and staff, faculty work profiles, and funding arrangements. The authors suggest changes in the system's structure, policy, and funding to respond to these developments.

Ian D. Clark (, former federal deputy minister and president of the Council of Ontario Universities, is a professor in the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto. Greg Moran (, former Dean of Graduate Studies and Academic Vice-President, is a professor and member of both the clinical and developmental groups within the Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario. Michael Skolnik (, former William G. Davis Chair in Community College Leadership in the University of Toronto, is professor emeritus in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. David Trick (, former Assistant Deputy Mininster of Postsecondary Education and founding CEO of Guelph-Humber, is president of David Trick and Associates, consultants in higher education strategy and management.

Sequel to Academic Transformation published, October 2011. See web site:

Academic Reform

 Academic Tranformation Announcements

PowerPoint Presentations at University of Ottawa and at U of T Faculty Association 
 4/3/2013 4:24 PM
Baxter and McMillan paper on Need for Research Universities 
 4/3/2013 4:24 PM
George Fallis on Where U of T Stands in the World 
 4/3/2013 4:24 PM
A Look Back at the Decision on the Transfer Function at the Founding of Ontario's Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology 
 4/3/2013 4:24 PM
The case for major system reform in Ontario 
 4/3/2013 4:24 PM
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 Author's and Publisher's Web Sites

  Ian Clark's web page at U of T
  Queen's School of Policy Studies New Books
  David Trick's web page on David Trick and Associates
  Greg Moran's web page at The University of Western Ontario
  Michael Skolnik's web page at OISE/U of T
  HEQCO Research Publications
  HEQCO News Release - November 30, 2009

 Print and Web Commentary

  Book argues Ontario university model unsustainable (Globe and Mail, Nov 30, 2009)
  Glendon advisory committee member co-authors book on transforming academia (YFile)
  Sustainability of Ontario's Model for Baccalaureate Education Questioned (Canada News Wire)
  Redesigning undergraduate education (Western News)
  New book proposes transforming the undergradute experience (Ylife)
  Radical rethink of Ontario universities (University Affairs)
  The elusive ideal of the scholar-teacher (Globe and Mail, lead editorial, Dec 1, 2009)
  Ontario's University System Is Unsustainable, Says New Book (Chronical of Higher Education)
  Traditional teaching model obsolete in crowded colleges (Toronto Star, Dec 2, 2009)
  ‘Teaching’ universities proposed for Ontario (Western News)
  When it comes to undergraduate education, we can do better (Globe and Mail Op Ed, Dec 10, 2009))
  Considerations of policy issues for higher education rarely make compelling and satisfying reads. This one does. (Michael Ridley, CIO University of Guelph, Jan 4, 2010)
  A Review of Academic Transformation (Elizabeth Church, Adjunct Nation, Nov/Dec 2009)
  Post-secondary in peril: why higher ed in Ontario is stuck in the past (CACUSS Reads, Feb 6, 2010)
  Improve the wheel, don't reinvent it (Roseann Runte, University Affairs, Feb 8, 2010)
  A taxpayer view of university funding (Ian D. Clark, University Affairs, Mar 8, 2010)
  Universities are sitting ducks for reform (Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail, April 13, 2010)
  In tough financial times, how do we pay the bill for free inquiry? (Ian D. Clark, LRC review of Selling Out, April 1, 2010)
  Ontario Higher Education as Governance Failures (Gilles Paquet, Optimum Online, March 2010)
  Clark et al. (2009) have provided much food for thought on the need for greater diversity in the educational and research structure of PSE institutions. (TD Economics, May 17, 2010, p. 36)
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 Commentary from the Authors and Colleagues

The Ontario Economic Statement underscores the need for system changeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Would moving away from the model of the teacher-scholar lead to a reduction in the quality of undergraduate education?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
The enduring myth of the teaching-research relationshipUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Erratum on UOIT degree granting authorityUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Promoting differentiation in university missionsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Ontario Higher Education as Governance Failures (Gilles Paquet)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

 Summary and Excerpts

Academic Transformation Summary.pdfAcademic Transformation Summary
Academic Transformation Introduction.pdfAcademic Transformation Introduction
Academic Transformation Table of Contents.pdfAcademic Transformation Table of Contents

 Academic Transformation Background Documents

Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, October 22, 2009.pdfOntario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, October 22, 2009
Strategic Choices for the Future, Univerity of Ottawa, December 3, 2009.pdfStrategic Choices for the Future, Univerity of Ottawa, December 3, 2009
Promoting Differentiation in University Missions - Three Suggestions for U of T.pdfPromoting Differentiation in University Missions - Three Suggestions for U of T
Bob Rae Report, Ontario - A Leader in Learning, 2005.pdfBob Rae Report, Ontario - A Leader in Learning, 2005
Academic Transformation, U of T Faculty Association, December 16, 2009.pdfAcademic Transformation, U of T Faculty Association, December 16, 2009
Academic Transformation, Russian Federation Delegation,  16 Nov 2010.pdfAcademic Transformation, Russian Federation Delegation, 16 Nov 2010