Setting goals for 2020 in British Columbia

Campus 2020–Thinking Ahead: the report.  Access & Excellence: British Columbia’s Post-Secondary Education System
Geoff Plant, QC, Special Advisor
April 2007

“We are not called to mediocrity. We are called to be the best. Campus 2020 starts from and builds on that goal.

That is one of the reasons my report calls for setting clear, concrete and measurable targets that express, in summary, our goals for higher education. These targets must be public, and they must incorporate achievable yet demanding timelines. A few of the targets set out in this report are:

  • By 2010, BC will consistently be one of the three highest spending provinces in terms of provincial support for basic and applied research.
  • By 2015, BC will achieve the highest level of participation in post-secondary education per capita in Canada, confer more post-secondary credentials per capita than any other province and rank top in the country on quality measures focused on student achievement.
  • By 2020, post-secondary participation and attainment rates will be equalized across the province’s regions and income quartiles.
  • By 2020, the rate of Aboriginal post-secondary participation and attainment will equal general population rates, and we will have reduced by 50 per cent the proportion of BC adults not achieving high school equivalency by age 30.”

The shifting sands of learning technology and design requirements

Entering the Interaction Age: Implementing a Future Vision for Campus Learning Spaces

Andrew J. Milne

EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 42, no. 1 (January/February 2007): 12–31


Learning space design for higher education has become a popular topic of discussion as institutions attempt to chart a course for the future of their campuses. Several authors in EDUCAUSE publications have forecast the future for such spaces, a future infused with new and sometimes exotic-sounding technologies.1 Indeed, some discussions in the literature may cause readers to infer that the future campus will be populated largely with technologies that have yet to be invented. However, noteworthy elements of these future visions are already emerging, in the form of new technologies. The changing character of the product options, coupled with a lack of actionable research findings regarding the impact of particular technology solutions, can make it difficult for institutional planners to predict which of these ideas might yield the greatest near-term benefit and which might be best left for future work. But with directed effort, some ingenuity, and a future-focused vision, colleges and universities should be able to identify and leverage existing technologies with which to build aspects of the “future” campus learning space—today.

IT workers also need “soft skills”

Nine Nontechie Skills that Hiring Managers Wish You Had (and How to Get Them)

By Thomas Hoffman

Computerworld, November 12, 2007

“When it comes to technical skills, you either have them or you get them. This years salary survey shows that theres demand for a broad range of skills, many of which have been hot for several years (see our jobs report snapshots).

But what else makes for a great IT hire? In their continual struggle to align IT with the business, IT executives say theyre increasingly looking for staffers who have, in addition to technical chops, solid business acumen and so-called soft skills, like strong communication and listening abilities. “

Rising competition for international students

International Student Mobility: Patterns and Trends
Line Verbik and Veronica Lasanowski
Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, September 2007

The international student market is changing. An increasing number of higher education opportunities for study at home and abroad is contributing to rising competition in the international student market. In an attempt to attract the growing number of prospective students seeking higher education, individual institutions and national governments are looking to differentiate themselves from their competitors. In an attempt to do so, they are developing and implementing targeted recruitment strategies to grow new markets or expand in already established ones. Motivational factors in the decision-making process for student application to an overseas destination include employment and residency opportunities, the quality of the ‘student experience’, including accommodation and social activities, and the costs associated with an international education. Through an analysis of national data produced by official government sources, this report provides a comprehensive overview of recent patterns in international student mobility, assesses current factors influencing government policy towards strategic recruitment and identifies future trends likely to affect mobility in coming years.

Expectations and future needs

Student Life & Student Technologies: Forecasting the impact on your facilities
Paul Knell and John Cook
EDUCAUSE Web Seminar, April 23, 2007

PowerPoint slides of a presentation dealing with student expectations and future facility needs.

“Our Premise…

•Increasing Demand forHigher Education

•More Competition & Choices

•Rising Costs

Our Observation…

•Higher Student Life Expectations

•Amenities & Technologies

•Community

•Quality of the Experience”