Vol 46 No 3 (2016): Special Issue
Special Issue: Fed. Gov., Public Policy & Canadian Higher Education in the 2020s

Institutional Diversity in Ontario’s University Sector: A Policy Debate Analysis

Pierre Gilles Piche
University of Toronto
Glen Jones
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Published December 19, 2016


In order to meet the demands in a cost-effective manner of an emerging knowledge society that is global in scope, structural higher education policy changes have been introduced in many countries with a focus on systemic and programmatic diversity. There has been an ongoing debate about institutional diversity in Ontario higher education, especially within the university sector, for at least five decades. This paper will provide insight into issues of quality, accessibility, and funding through the lens of the current policy debate about institutional diversity by using document and policy analysis, and by drawing on a number of semi-structured interviews with senior university and system-level administrators.



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