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Submission to the Strategic Planning Committee By the Board of Directors, University of Regina Academic and Administrative Pensioners Association
 

Summary: Submission to the Strategic Planning Committee
By the Board of Directors, University of Regina Academic and Administrative Pensioners Association
In the last Maclean's magazine's annual rating of Canadian universities, inter alia, they assessed
the universities in terms of the Level of Academic Challenge, and the University of Regina came
last in a list of fifty. The Level of Academic Challenge assesses the intellectual demands made
on undergraduate students. What does this placement mean? When analyzed in terms of the
methodology used, it may mean not very much. But it raises some questions that are far from
rhetorical. Have the Departments lost interest in teaching challenging courses? Are there too
many unqualified assistants in charge of first year classes for salary reasons? Are the old
programs no longer related to today's environment? Is the development of graduates adept in
technical virtuosity over-riding the inculcation of critical thinking? Has the university ceased to
be a community of scholars? We think such questions need an answer in order to put the
Maclean's assertion into perspective.
In the past year the university administration has been emphasizing re-branding its profile. We
suggest that the university ought to adopt as its first goal the increase of the intellectual level of
instruction. Developing academic excellence would raise the university's profile more than
cosmetic changes. The university should be first and foremost a community of scholars.
It may be objected that too much emphasis of academic excellence may deter students from
enrolling, but we think an improved reputation in terms of excellence could encourage good
students to apply. We didn't come to Regina some fifty years ago from all over the world to

  

Source: Argerami, Martin - Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Regina

 

Collections: Mathematics