Creso attends the 2014 INEI International Conference

INEI_2014_Logo_150From November 4th to 7th the International Network of Educational Institutions (INEI) Conference was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Hosted by the University of São Paulo, the topic of this year’s conference was “Teacher Education in Crisis”.

Faculty and administrators representing the various member institutions of the Network attended the conference, including Creso who represented the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

Creso Sá and Andrew Kretz attend the 27th CHER Annual Conference

cherceris-250x65 On September 8th, Creso Sá and Andrew Kretz attended the CHER annual conference where Andrew presented a paper entitled “Entrepreneurship, Startups, and Students: How New Forms of Entrepreneurial Learning and Practice Redraw University Boundaries” during a session on the changing functions, objectives and scope of higher education institutions.

This year the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER) Annual Conference was organized by the Institute for Research on Firms and Growth (CERIS). The conference took place from 8-10 of September in Rome, Italy.

Creso Sá, Andrew Kretz and Kristjan Sigurdson examine entrepreneurship education in Ontario in a HEQCO report

heqco image This past July 22, the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) published a report written by Dr. Creso Sá, Andrew Kretz and Kristjan Sigurdson entitled The State of Entrepreneurship Education in Ontario’s Colleges and Universities. This report, which was commissioned by HEQCO, assesses the current environment of entrepreneurial education in the province by examining the number and types of entrepreneurship courses and extracurricular activities Ontario higher education institutions are offering their students. Moreover, this study provides a comparative analysis between colleges and universities and between undergraduate and graduate education, and discusses the current funding of entrepreneurship education in the province.

The study may be accessed here.

Darren Deering presents at the 2014 CSSHE Conference

CSSHEResearch team member Darren Deering presented two papers at the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education Conference that took place May 25-27 at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. He presented a sole authored paper entitled Responsibility Centre Budgeting and Management: Hastening the demise of collegial governance?, and a paper written in collaboration with Cynthia Field, a former team member, entitled An Alternative Explanation for Isomorphism: A resource dependence approach to academic drift.

The Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education Conference takes place annually and this year’s theme was “Borders without Boundaries.”

Team members present papers at the 2014 Annual CIES Conference

cies2014logo In March, five of our team members presented at the 58th annual Comparative and International Education Society Conference that took place in Toronto. Andrew Kretz, Kristjan Sigurdson and Creso Sá presented findings on a study that explores how technology transfer indicators have informed science policy-making in Canada and the European Union. In another session, Darren Deering and Cynthia Field presented a paper entitled University Rankings: Encouraging Academic Drift through Isomorphic Processes, which discusses the impact of the pressures of rankings and the quest for prestige on higher education institutions.

The annual CIES conference is organized by the Comparative and International Education Society in order to promote scholarly research and academic discussions to explore issues in education in a comparative perspective.

Congrats to Merli Tamtik on Successfully Defending her PhD Dissertation!

Merli_GradLast week, Merli successfully defended her doctoral dissertation entitled: Expertise and Policy Learning – The Case of EU’s Research Policy, supervised by Creso Sá. The group wishes her the best of luck in the coming year and looks forward to continuing to collaborate with Merli on innovative research projects in the future as she moves on from her time at OISE. (From left to right in the photo: Glen Jones, Ruth Hayhoe, Merli Tamtik, and Creso)

Congratulations to Patricia Gaviria on the Successful Defence of her PhD Dissertation!

PGav_DefLast month, Patricia successfully defended her doctoral dissertation entitled: Inuit self-determination and postsecondary education: The case of Nunavut and Greenland, which was supervised by Creso Sá. The entire team, many of which attended Patricia’s mock thesis on September 19th, is very proud of Dr. Gaviria’s accomplishment and wishes her the best in the coming year.

New Project on Entrepreneurship Education in Ontario Announced

1621_HEQCO_logo_1Creso will lead a new Policy Research Project funded by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) entitled The State of Entrepreneurship Education in Ontario Postsecondary Education. With the support of graduate students Andrew Kretz and Kristjan Sigurdson, the project will provide a detailed assessment of educational programs in Ontario universities and colleges that purport to teach or support entrepreneurs. The results of this research will be published by HEQCO in the first half of 2014. For more information visit the Projects page.

Many Summer and Fall Conference Presentations

It has been a busy summer for a number of group members with new papers published and numerous conference presentations on the agenda for the fall. From August to November, group members will be presenting research on a range of topics at several major conferences in St. Louis, San Diego, Lausanne, and Amsterdam. Below see some of the work that the group members have been up to:

Papers

Tamtik, M. & Sá, C. (2013). Policy Learning to Internationalize European Science: Possibilities and Limitations of Open Coordination. Higher Education, 2(6), pp. doi:10.1007/s10734-013-9654-4

Sigurdson, K. (2013). Clark Kerr’s Multiversity and Technology Transfer in the Modern American Research University. College Quarterly, 16(2).

Conferences

Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE)

Deering, D. (2013). A Call for a New Governance Paradigm: Polycentric Governance and Responsibility Centre Budgeting and Responsibility Centre Management. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE), Victoria BC, June 3-5.

European Association for Institutional Research (EAIR)

Deering, D. & Field, C. (2013). Overcoming the Disconnect Between Decentralized Decision Making and Centralized Governance Structures: An argument for multi-level governance in pursuit of organizational excellence. Paper to be presented at the Annual European Association for Institutional Research (EAIR) Conference, Rotterdam, Netherlands, August 28-31.

Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER)

Tamtik, M. (2013). Transformations of Institutional Identities: Mutual Learning Initiatives in the EU’s Research Policy. Paper to be presented at the Annual Conference of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER), Lausanne, Switzerland, September 9-11.

Sá, C. & Kretz, A. (2013). Open Science Strategies in Research Policy. Paper to be presented at the Annual Conference of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER), Lausanne, Switzerland, September 9-11.

Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)

Lemay, A. (2013). The Origins of Expectations of Scientific Research in Agriculture. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), San Diego CA, October 9-12.

Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)

Austin, I. & Deering, D. (2013). Misapplication or Other Intentions? Small Universities Implementation of Responsibility Centre Budgeting and Responsibility Centre Management. Paper to be presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), St. Louis MO, November 13-14.

Sá, C. & Kretz, A. (2013). Beyond research commercialization: Public policy and university entrepreneurship. Paper to be presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), St. Louis MO, November 13-14.

Sá, C., Sigurdson, K, Lemay, M. & Kretz, A. (2013). The Use of Performance Indicators in Canadian University Technology Transfer. Paper to be presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), St. Louis MO, November 13-14.

Sigurdson, S. & Field, C. (2013). Benefits for Mentors: A Case Study of Formal Mentoring for General Staff in a University. Paper to be presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), St. Louis MO, November 13-14.

Kristjan Sigurdson presents comparison of Canadian and US university technology transfer

CIDECLogoKristjan Sigurdson presented a comparison of university technology in the University of Toronto and the University of Wisconsin at the Joseph P. Farrell Student Research Symposium of the Comparative, International, & Development Education Centre at OISE on February 22. To see the video recording of Kristjan’s presentation, click the title above and then follow this link.

Creso Sá, Andrew Kretz and Kristjan Sigurdson presented findings on university tech transfer in the Canadian context

Creso Sá, Andrew Kretz and Kristjan Sigurdson presented findings on university tech transfer in the Canadian context

In September, Creso Sá, Andrew Kretz and Kristjan Sigurdson presented findings from research conducted on technology transfer activities of the University of Toronto at the 25th annual Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER) conference in Belgrade, Serbia. In the presented paper, The Institutionalization of Technology Transfer in Canada: The Roots of Research Commercialization at the University of Toronto, authors Creso Sá, Andrew Kretz and Kristjan Sigurdson explore how the routines, practices and orientations towards technology transfer evolved at the University from their beginnings in the late 1910s, up to the emergence of the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation in the 1980s. The paper presented in Belgrade is the first in a series of resulting from archival research and interviews conducted at the University of Toronto on the emergence of technology transfer activities in the Canadian context at Canada’s largest research university.

Creso Sá and Aisha Khaja discuss perspectives on expanding access to higher education in Ontario for the Higher Education Development Association (Hedda) Blog

Ontario is one of many jurisdictions around the world looking for ways to increase higher education attainment rates. In their article as guest commentators for the Higher Education Development Association’s blog, Creso Sá and Aisha Khaja cover several of the most pertinent issues currently facing higher education and public policy makers in Ontario such as the possible development of three new university campuses, the evolution of the province’s credit-transfer system, mission creep of established institutions and other concerns. Read the article here.

Patricia Gaviria chairs panel discussion at the 2012 Annual CIES Conference

Patricia Gaviria chaired the panel discussion ‘Methodological and research developments in comparative education’ and presented her paper entitled From contextual comparison methodology to methods: Doing research in Nunavut and Greenland at the 56th Annual Conference of the Comparative and international Education Society (CIES) in April. In this paper she discusses how contexts shape methods from the moment the literature is chosen to the time findings are written. The presentation was a reflection of her research: Self-determination and Postsecondary Education: The Inuit in Nunavut and Greenland. Under the supervision of Creso Sá, this research receives support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).