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1 Glen A. Jones New Perspectives on Higher Education and Regional Development CHEPS, University of Twente “One University,” Regional Development, and the Evolution of Provincial Higher Education Systems in Canada’s Western Provinces

2 Organization of Presentation Institutional Differentiation in Higher Education – review key concepts Use these concepts to analyze the evolution of the higher education systems in Canada’s four western provinces.

3 Diversity Diversity – difference in static terms Birnbaum’s topology of diversity makes a central distinction between: –Internal diversity (differences within an institution) –External diversity (differences between institutions)

4 Diversity The emphasis in this analysis in on the system-level; on external diversity Diversity is about the variety of entities at any point in time (Huisman, 1995) Surprisingly little attention has been made to the “regional mission” in the scholarship on external diversity.

5 Categories of External Diversity Programmatic Diversity Procedural Diversity Systemic Diversity Constituential Diversity –(Geographical Constituency) Reputational Diversity Values and Climate Diversity Structural Diversity (Birnbaum, 1983)

6 Differentiation Diversity refers to a static phenomenon Differentiation refers to a dynamic process Differentiation: “a process in which new entities emerge in a higher education system” (splitting up of existing units, or the creation of entirely new units). (van Vught, 2008)

7 Differentiation What are the environmental factors that are associated with differentiation within a higher education system? What are the environmental factors that are associated with decreasing differentiation (homogenization)? (for example, academic drift)

8 Benefits of Differentiation Accessibility (increasing choice leads to increasing participation because there are more opportunities for a match) Economic benefits (increasing ability to support complex human resource needs) System efficiency (greater specialization: teaching balance, program, etc.)

9 Canada in 1905

10 New Provinces and New Universities ProvinceCreatedUniversityFounded Provincial Mission Manitoba1870U. Manitoba British Columbia1871U. British Columbia1908 Alberta1905U. Alberta1906 Saskatchewan1905U. Saskatchewan1907

11 “One University” Concept A single university was assigned a public monopoly (designed to avoid public/private denominational battles in Eastern Canada) Heavily influenced by the American land- grant university movement, especially the “Our campus the state” notion from Wisconsin. Quickly developed Faculties of Agriculture, Engineering, and Extension.

12 Size of Provinces (Current Borders)

13 “One University” in Massification Each university evolved to include colleges serving other urban areas. Colleges focused on undergraduate (non- professional) education. These colleges would later become independent universities in post-WWII expansion

14 Regional Colleges and New Universities UniversityRegional CollegeNew University University of ManitobaWesley College (1888)University of Winnipeg (1967) Brandon College (1938)Brandon University (1967) University of SaskatchewanRegina College (1925/1934)University of Regina (1974) University of AlbertaUniversity of Alberta, Calgary (1947)University of Calgary (1966) University of British Columbia Victoria College (1903/1920)University of Victoria (1963)

15 Abandoning “One University” Massive post-WWII support for expansion of HE (supported by federal and later provincial governments) Provincial task forces (late 1950s/early 1960s) recommended creation of new universities and institutional types. Each Canadian province developed its own “system”

16 Manitoba and Saskatchewan Small number of universities located in urban centres (Winnipeg, Brandon, Saskatoon, Regina); specialized First Nations University The “provincial university” retained a monopoly over professional/graduate programs

17 Manitoba and Saskatchewan Each created “community colleges” that focused on technical vocational programs and apprenticeships. Credential was a diploma/certificate. No degree programs. No university transfer programs. Parallel pathway to university Located in the same urban centres (plus)

18 British Columbia and Alberta First phase of expansion to university sector involved: – granting independence to previous colleges (Victoria, Calgary) –creating a limited number of new universities (Simon Fraser, Lethbridge, Athabasca) –“Provincial university” retained a monopoly over most graduate and professional programs

19 British Columbia and Alberta Created community colleges that combined university-transfer programs with vocational programs designed to address the needs of regions. Created specialized technical institutes (BCIT, SAIT, NAIT) located in urban centres.

20 British Columbia In order to further increase degree completion, selected community colleges evolved into “university colleges” and offered four-year degrees plus vocational/apprenticeship programs. Created University of Northern British Columbia and university colleges recently became “Regional Universities”

21 Alberta Several community colleges evolved to become primarily teaching universities (Mount Royal, MacEwan) Government legislation establishes distinct institutional types – ranging from adult education institutes to research universities.

22 The Western Provinces Emphasis on regional access Expansion of degree-granting to non-university sectors of these systems Manitoba and Saskatchewan: Two clear sectors with emphasis on major urban centres British Columbia and Alberta: Multiple integrated institutional types to serve more diverse industrial base and dispersed population

23 Differentiation and Regional Development? Size matters – Systems serving large geographic areas are more likely to have some level of institutional diversity (program diversity) to serve regions. Preserve efficiencies of monopolies over expensive professional/graduate programs. Serving regional interests in a large geographic area does not necessarily imply major differences between institutions in mission, quality, emphasis

24 Differentiation and Regional Development Transition from mass to universal education has led to an expansion of degree-granting to non- university sector (expand access to credentials through greater choice) (decrease in program diversity) Major emphasis on transfer, addressing needs of diverse populations (greater integration, but also development of special mission universities)

25 Differentiation and Regional Development Complex environments are associated with greater system diversity (British Columbia and Alberta vs. Manitoba and Saskatchewan) (van Vught; Codling & Meek) Regional emphasis in system policy is largely about teaching; all universities have a research function, but research-intense (urban) universities serve the “province”. Regional service mission continues to be embedded in system culture

26 Thank you


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