Canadian universities face a complicated and uncertain future with regards to funding, governance, and fostering innovation. Their leaders face an equally complicated future, making an attempt to balance the needs and desires of students, faculty, governments, and the economy. Drawing on more than a decade of service as president of one among Canada’s major research universities, Peter MacKinnon offers an insider’s standpoint at the challenges involved in bringing those constituencies together within the pursuit of excellence.
Clear, contentious, and uncompromising, University Leadership and Public Policy within the Twenty-First Century offers a unique and timely analysis of the important thing policy issues affecting Canada’s university sector. Covering topics such as strategic planning, tuition policy, labour relations, and governance, MacKinnon draws on his experience leading the University of Saskatchewan to argue that Canadian universities should embrace competitiveness and change if they’re to reach the global race for talent.