our joint human sexuality class, going to faculty
meetings and, a few months later, participating
at our first national social work conference at the
Learneds at the University of Western Ontario
as a threesome – a breastfeeding threesome. (One
simply remains mindful of leaving the room if
the baby does start to become noisy, as babies
do.) Some years later, when the Learneds [now
the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sci-ences] was held in Quebec City, child care for
our five-year-old was available on campus.
Why have we not built on these positive
foundations, now many years past? Is it time for
feminism to once again become a recognized
perspective for university policies and practices?
Dr. Valentich is professor emerita (faculty of social work) at
the University of Calgary.
A pioneer, 20 years ago
at royal roads university, we loved the story
“Moving online for a graduate degree” (May
2015). However, I need to make a small correction: the article described Royal Roads as a “
pioneer institution with more than 40 years’ experience in offering graduate degrees by distance.”
In fact, Royal Roads was established as a public
university in 1995, so that’s 20 years’ experience
in offering grad degrees by distance.
Ms. Macgregor is communications officer at Royal Roads
University in Victoria, B.C.
Canada needs more online graduate programs
the feature article “Moving online for a graduate degree” mentions the trend in online graduate programs to require a residency. But these
programs are not doable for most graduate students in online programs. Most students at this
level are working full-time, and the costs of time
off work, lodging and travel make this offering
I chose my online program because it had no
residency requirement, not because it was the
best program choice for me. Had online-only
study been available at most institutions, it would
have opened opportunities for a different study
As well, we need an online LLB/JD program
in Canada. There is no reason why a law degree
could not be completed online, since it is fol-
lowed by a year of articling for the practical
hands-on learning before the bar exam is taken.
I am in my 50s and would have chosen law, but
financial obligations prevent me from attending
school full time.
Many changes are needed in education, and
they are not happening fast enough. Canada is
lagging behind Europe, the U. S. and Australia.
Ms. Derrah is a graduate student at the University of
New Brunswick (Fredericton). She lives in St. Andrews,
Librarians need to step up
my primary take-away from Ken Haycock is the
idea that librarians can no longer – and likely
never should have been able to – fall back on the
traditional mantras about the contribution they
make to the university and to scholarship (“
Libraries face uncertain future in a crowded information
marketplace,” May 2015). He offers a challenge
to librarians, to relate library services to the community they serve and to the role they play in
preserving the scholarly record.
Like other academics, librarians are being
required to continuously justify themselves and
their contribution and, in an environment where
colleges and universities are being asked to show
their relevance, should it not be so? Those librarians who continue to talk about the centrality of
the library without working to make it important
to campuses should expect to be marginalized.
But that does not mean that the library function will become less important. The part of Dr.
Haycock’s argument that I find silly is about
“competition” from commercial services. Those
services can offer some things, but not much for
serious scholars or even for undergraduates doing
Dr. Williams, a professor emeritus, previously worked at the
academic libraries of the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.
The unsettling tendency to malign
“kids these days.”
Margaret Doyle creates “living
narratives” about people and
events at UBC.
Science success stories
A new video series showcases
Canada’s research stars.
au marché du travail
Les formateurs en matière de
carrière au service des titulaires
What’s new online!
Nouveautés en ligne!