2012 in Review (Director of Research Edition)

Posted on December 27, 2012

When I joined StudentsNS in August, I was new to post-secondary education (PSE) policy. In five short months, I have quickly learned just how complex and highly contested PSE policy can be. Of course, these complexities are amplified by current global economic conditions and the fiscal challenges faced by Nova Scotia in particular.  For a policy wonk like me, I couldn’t have hoped for a more interesting introduction to Nova Scotia’s policy community.  More»

2012 in Review (Executive Director Edition)

Posted on December 27, 2012

Like my colleagues, I wanted to write a brief post just to highlight what I’ve been up to in the past year–working together with Alexis, Bob and Brian here at the office, as well as our Board of Directors. I jump between a lot of different files, so I won’t cover everything, but I’ll do my best to pick some of the key things that may be most of interest.

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Some Thoughts Deserve More Thought: Alex Usher, Stigma, and Mental Health in PSE

Posted on December 6, 2012

At StudentsNS we try to keep up with current trends and debates in Canadian PSE. A frequent and valuable contributor to these debates is Alex Usher, President of Higher Education Strategy Associates. His daily blog on Canadian PSE issues – called “One Thought to Start Your Day,” – is often thought provoking. However, two of his blogs this week provoked very different kinds of thoughts showing that while some thoughts are worth sharing, others might be so hastily composed that they could have done with a little more, well, thought. More»