Universities more than training grounds
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,