Uni­ver­si­ties more than train­ing grounds

Winnipeg Free Press - - YOUR SAY -

Re: KPMG re­port takes aim at post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion (Oct. 4)

If you’re going to give a firm such as KPMG the job of as­sess­ing the fu­ture of uni­ver­si­ties, then no one should be sur­prised that its only val­ues are fi­nan­cial ones.

For gen­er­a­tions in places such as Canada, and for cen­turies else­where, uni­ver­si­ties have served to give stu­dents ex­po­sure to a wider world than they are ac­cus­tomed to ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, thus widen­ing their hori­zons by opening their minds. Ap­par­ently, that door is soon to close and uni­ver­si­ties are now to be solely train­ing grounds for jobs. In this, they will now com­pete with com­mu­nity col­leges that so suc­cess­fully per­form that role.

If KPMG’s propo­si­tion is ap­plied across the board, then all “use­less” de­part­ments and dis­ci­plines will soon dis­ap­pear. Out goes the study of philosophy, his­tory, art, mu­sic, lit­er­a­ture, film,

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