“Restarting” the higher education system by focusing on cooperation: Opinion

In a recent article for The Conversation, Michelle Stack (University of British Columbia) and Caroline Shenaz Hossein (University of Toronto) argue that Canada’s higher education system needs to shift from a fixation on rankings to a focus on a cooperative governance model. They write that the pursuit of rankings comes at the cost of resources and changes education into a consumer good, while a cooperative model offers a more equitable and ethical way to run a university. Stack and Hossein outline how institutions can take steps toward a co-operative model—such as supporting co-operative economies on campus or exploring student housing co-ops—and conclude by encouraging institutions to rethink their corporate model.

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