Wednesday, January 30, 2013

In Their Own Image = Going Going Gone

In Their Own Image = Going Going Gone

[CANADA] has now suffered 20 years of content-free [COLLEGE] management. While in the early stages of reform, the top spots were effectively controlled by government policy and regulation, it did not take long for those who were best suited to implementing the new ideology to gravitate to their niche and set about reinforcing it by hiring people in their own image. Thus, the Human Resources department has become one of the most important arms of management, providing the means by which potential dissidents can be legally filtered from a group of would-be employees and should one slip through and cause trouble, the full power of the HR dreadnought can be unleashed on the hapless soul to ensure dismissal or at least retrenchment. Instead of [COLLEGES] being a haven for diversity, as they used to be, they are well on the road to becoming a monoculture. Anyone who has been a practicing [BUSINESS ASSISTANT PROFESSOR] or has even moderate knowledge of the history of [BUSINESS] would be well aware of the idiosyncratic nature of the [ENTREPRENURIAL] mind. There is no question that the pervading culture in the modern [CANADIAN COLLEGE] is profoundly anti-individual and anti-intellectual. How many of the world's great minds would be interested in, let alone capable of, working in the regimented bureaucratic mire that passes these days for [NOVA SCOTIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE]?

" In the Atlantic Provinces and Saskatchewan, any enrolment growth from the base line is minimal or even non-existent. In Newfoundland and Labrador and in New Brunswick, the base line level of enrolment is already the highest point, so the decline in enrolment is general for the whole projection period. In these provinces, the index of variability is the highest, ranging from 23% in Nova Scotia to 31% in Newfoundland and Labrador. In these provinces, enrolment is projected to fall below the base line early in the projection period, i.e. in the first couple of years in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan, in 2011/2012 in Nova Scotia and in 2012/2013 in Prince Edward Island."

Provincial analysis (Charts and Tables 6.2.1 to 6.11.3)

"However, there are already indications of a negative trend. Commencements, as measured by Australian Education International (AEI), showed a 6.3% decline for the year to June 2010, with ELICOS commencements being hardest hit, down 20.5%. Further reports from agents and providers suggest enrolments could fall by 30 to 40%. This is worrying for the higher education sector as ELICOS is a common pathway into higher education in subsequent years."

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