July HERG seminar recap

July 15, 2016 HERG Seminar

Our last seminar for the summer 2016 term was a huge success, with outstanding presentations by Dr. Jude Walker and PhD Candidate Ashely Pullman. Below are some additional resources from each speaker’s recently published research. We look forward to seeing everyone at the next HERG seminar in September 2016.

Dr. Jude Walker

Jude Walker’s departmental homepage

Walker, J. (2016). Stratification and vocationalization in Canadian higher education. In S. Slaughter & B. J. Taylor (Eds.), Higher Education, Stratification, and Workforce Development (pp. 251-269). Springer International Publishing.

Ashley Pullman

Ashley Pullman’s Google Scholar Profile

Pullman, A. (2015). Emancipation, marketisation, and social protection: the female subject within vocational training policy in Canada, 1960–1990. Gender and Education27(7), 759-775. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09540253.2015.1103840

Updated PSE tables released from Stats Canada

On June 21, 2016, Statistics Canada released updated tables for Education Indicators in Canada: Report of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/81-582-x/2016001/t-c-g-eng.htm).

Of particular interest to higher education researchers are the tables in Section B2: Financing education systems/Public and private expenditure on education (university tuition & fees, revenues/expenditures), Section D: Postsecondary education (enrolments of registered apprentices, apprenticeship completions), and Section E: Transitions and outcomes (participation rates, employment, labour force status, and unemployment rates).

HERG Seminar topics for July 15, 2016

HERG seminar on Friday, July 15, 2016
Ponderosa Commons Oak House, room 1011 (please note this is a room change)
Noon to 3:00pm

Dr. Judith Walker, Assistant Professor, Educational Studies

“Fracking” and “refining” Canada’s higher education system: examining trends of vocationalisation and stratification

Canada has embarked on a project of vocationalising and stratifying its higher education system. The metaphor of resource extraction works well for examining these changes, not in small part because both federal and provincial governments have pursued a type of “extraction education” for an “extraction economy.” Fracking is evidenced by the fracturing of the humanities, the injection of money into programmes associated with LNG and oil industries, and the breaking down of the existing system to create higher status institutions, such as converting community colleges into universities. Refining is seen in increasingly prestigious and competitive grants and scholarships to develop Canada’s budding and existing intellectual and scientific elite, and also in the refining of institutions and funding to become more responsive to labour market needs.  In this talk, I will speak to the trends of vocationalisation and stratification in Canadian higher education, will further theorise “extraction education” in the context of British Columbia, and will speculate on what the future may hold.

Ashley Pullman, PhD Candidate, Educational Studies

Troubling perceptions of educational advantage: A life course study in the efficacy of higher education

Postsecondary education (PSE) is often framed as a means to produce high-skilled individuals, a benefit that extends not only to graduates themselves in securing high-paying and high-quality employment but overall economic advancement for society. Often asserting the value of PSE as if it is universally accepted, government and research rhetoric explicitly and/or implicitly promotes the efficacy of postsecondary education. Yet assumptions surrounding the efficacy of PSE cannot be taken for granted, especially as prior research on beliefs towards education have highlighted how individual value systems differ and change over time. The following paper examines how “PSE efficacy” beliefs—that is, the extent to which PSE is deemed necessary “for a successful future”—differ between individuals in relation to demographic factors and changes over time in response to labour market attachment and skill use within employment. The following presentation will discuss four aspects of my research on this subject: First, I will explore prior research and theory on the interplay between education and beliefs. Next, I will present the possibilities, limitations and assumptions of studying beliefs and values through growth analysis, a quantitative modeling approach used within longitudinal research. Third, I will discuss the data set employed and the composite measures constructed. Finally, I will present my research findings and elicit feedback.

AERA Div J proposal workshop

For students interested in developing a proposal for Div J Postsecondary Education of AERA for the 2017 conference in San Antonio, Dr. Amy Metcalfe will provide an overview of the conference and submission criteria during the second half of the HERG seminar on June 10, 2016. The HERG seminar will be held in room 1008 of Ponderosa Commons Oak House, UBC from noon-3:00. The call for proposals for AERA can be found on the association’s website: http://www.aera.net/EventsMeetings/AnnualMeeting/2017AnnualMeetingCallforSubmissions/tabid/16328/Default.aspx

AERA Call for Proposals, San Antonio 2017

The Call for Proposals for the American Association of Educational Research (AERA) annual conference in San Antonio, TX is now available, with a submission deadline of July 22, 2016. The conference page is http://www.aera.net/EventsMeetings/AnnualMeeting/2017AnnualMeetingCallforPaperandSessionSubmissions/tabid/16328/Default.aspx

Higher education is represented by Division J Postsecondary Education, which has its own entry in the Call for Proposals. Division J proposals are submitted to one of several sections:

Section 1: College Student Learning and Development

Section 2a: College Student Access

Section 2b: College Student Success & Outcomes

Section 3: Organization, Management, and Leadership

Section 4: Faculty, Curriculum, and Teaching

Section 5: Policy, Finance, and Economics

Section 6: Society, Culture, and Change


June 10 HERG Seminar

The next HERG seminar will be held on June 10, 2016!
12:00 Noon
Ponderosa Commons Oak House, UBC
Room 1008 (please note this is a room change)

Dale McCartney, PhD student in Educational Studies

Inventing International Students: Canadian parliamentary debate about international students, 1945-69

Although there is a growing literature examining international student policy in Canada, very little of it examines the historical development of that policy. “Inventing International Students” historicizes international student policy by looking at the ways in which policy makers – specifically Canadian parliamentarians – talked about international students in the period after WWII.  This paper argues that international students were seen as vehicles for other political agendas, or as representatives of social or political crises that had little to do with international students themselves. Some of the discourses that international students were invested with in this period still shape policy discussion today. This study has two important insights for the study of internationalization higher education. One, it makes an important and original contribution to the policy analysis of international student policy in Canada, which lacks both this sort of historical perspective and the understanding provided by examining policy talk. Specifically, it helps historicize some elements of modern discourses about international students by examining their historical roots. Moreover, the paper reminds us that to understand international student policy at any time we need to see it in a larger socio-educational context, linked with immigration, foreign policy, and international economics. Contemporary international student policy is built on this historical foundation – understanding that foundation is key to understanding modern policy debate.

Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Call for papers 2016

From the SRHE website: http://www.srhe.ac.uk/conference2016/

Exploring Freedom and Control in Global Higher Education
SRHE International Research Conference: December 7th-9th 2016

SRHE Newer & Early Career Researchers Conference: December 6th

Reminder: Submission Deadline: Friday 24th June

The Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) is now inviting research contributions to the 2016 SRHE International conferences.

The theme for SRHE Conference 2016 is an exploration of issues around freedom and control in global higher education.  The conference theme seeks to investigate some of the tensions between freedom and control which have emerged as higher education has expanded and internationalised within a competitive market environment. What are the implications of this tension between freedom and control for those studying, working, managing and leading in higher education?  What are the key points of challenge, and what new possibilities are created?

This leading international conference is highly participative, and promotes the dissemination and exchange of ideas in a variety of formats, across a range of research domains and drawing from a multi-disciplinary research base.

You are invited to contribute to this debate on any aspect of your research interests by:

– presenting a paper
– forming or participating in a symposium or ‘round table’
– submitting a poster on any aspect of your research interests
– participating as a delegate

The linked SRHE Newer & Early Career Researchers Conference on Tuesday 6th December is aimed at postgraduate and early career/newer researchers, and provides an opportunity to share and discuss work within the higher education research community in a supportive and developmental environment.

New Report on Federal Spending on Postsecondary Education

The  Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) of Canada today released a much anticipated report on postsecondary funding. The report, Federal Spending on Postsecondary Education, is available for download on the PBO website. Included on the site is a link to the data as a downloadable Excel file, and an interactive chart. A brief summary of the report, from the website: “This report analyzes federal spending on postsecondary education in Canada over the past 10 years; and, where possible, analyzes the distributional impacts of federal programs.  It also provides forward projections to 2020-21 taking into account recent Budget 2016 announcements.”

What is the PBO’s audience and mandate? The PBO’s What We Do page says, “The PBO’s mandate is to provide independent analysis to Parliament on the state of the nation’s finances, the government’s estimates and trends in the Canadian economy; and upon request from a committee or parliamentarian, to estimate the financial cost of any proposal for matters over which Parliament has jurisdiction.”