In Preparing Students for Life and Work: Policies and Reforms Affecting Higher Education’s Principal Mission the editors assemble works by scholars of higher education who address various aspects of the policies and reforms that affect the education and ultimately the lives and work prospects of students. Chapter topics include the social and government policy context of higher education in various countries, including Canada, Mexico, the USA, Japan, Germany, Europe generally and the Bologna process specifically. Aspects of teaching and learning in higher education, including MOOCs, student services, and treatment of international students are also addressed. Finally, how students themselves have had major impacts on higher education in various countries is touched upon in several chapters.
Walter Archer, Ph.D. (1988), University of Alberta, is Professor Emeritus at that university. He previously served as Dean of Extension at the University of Saskatchewan, and as President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education.
Hans G. Schuetze, Dr. jur. (1974), University of Göttingen, Germany, is Professor Emeritus of Higher Education Research and Policy, University of British Columbia. He formerly served as Policy Analyst, Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) of the OECD, in Paris.
List of Figures and Tables Notes on Contributors
Introduction Walter Archer and Hans G. Schuetze 1 How Central Is the “Principal Mission” of the University Today? Chris Duke
PART 1: Canada
2 Access to and Participation in Higher Education in Canada Hans G. Schuetze and Walter Archer 3 Aboriginal Higher Education and Indigenous Students Michelle Pidgeon 4 Minding the Gap: Perspectives on Graduate Education for Students with Disabilities Mahadeo A. Sukhai 5 Student Affairs and Services in Canadian Higher Education Kyle D. Massey
PART 2: The World
6 Reforms and Myths: University Graduates and the Labor Market in Mexico Wietse de Vries 7 Policies for Adult Students in Mexican Higher Education and Motives for Returning to Study Germán Álvarez Mendiola and Brenda Yokebed Pérez Colunga 8 The Value of Degrees and Diplomas in Japan Shinichi Yamamoto 9 MOOCs, Students, Higher Education and Their Paradoxes Maureen W. McClure 10 The Expansion of Higher Education and First Generation Students in Germany: Increasing Participation or Continuing Exclusion? Andrä Wolter 11 The Abolition of Tuition Fees in Germany: Student Protests and Their Impact, or Tuition Fees in Germany: In and Out Dieter Timmermann 12 Conditions of Learning at High-Ranked Universities in Four Countries: An International Student’s Perspective Jade Zhao
PART 3: Students and Their Influence on Higher Education Policies
13 Student Policies and Protests: The Student Movements of the 1960s and the 2012 Canadian “Maple Spring” Hans G. Schuetze 14 Collective Student Action and Student Association in Quebec Alexandre Beaupré-Lavallée and Olivier Bégin-Caouette 15 European Higher Education Reforms and the Role of Students Pavel Zgaga
Scholars and policy analysts interested in higher education with an international comparative perspective, particularly aspects of policy and reform of policy that affect students, including their life and work prospects.