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Campus Confidential: 100 startling things you don't know about Canadian universities (Second Edition) [Paperback]

Ken S. Coates , Bill Morrison
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March 11 2013 1459404351 978-1459404359 2

In 2011, the first edition of Campus Confidential sparked a lively debate about what is really going on inside our colleges and universities. The media and readers alike welcomed this readable, honest book. University authorities didn't. They took the authors to task for spilling the beans. In this second edition, Ken S. Coates and Bill Morrison pick up where they left off, adding new and up-to-date information for students and their parents to consider.

Among the questions they address:

  • Why more students should consider the skilled trades
  • Whether a BA is ever worth the paper it's printed on
  • How roving administrators are undermining universities
  • Why we over-produce graduate students
  • What's right (and wrong) with what's happening on campuses in Quebec

Now that nearly everyone goes to college or university but only a small percentage of graduates actually find employment in their chosen field, understanding what's really going on in Canadian postsecondary institutions is more important than ever. Readers can count on Ken S. Coates and Bill Morrison for unexpected insights and lots of fresh new ideas and information.


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"According to Coates and Morrison, Canada should rethink its approach to post-secondary schooling, with more students streamed not to university but to technical and practical training. Clearly, there's an enduring demand for IT support staff and healthcare technicians, electricians, plumbers, skilled construction workers, draftsmen and tool and die makers." (Diana Swift Anglican Journal 2011-11-01)

"Only once students respect the university experience for what it is -- not what it will get them -- will attitudes change. But with the many challenges facing young people today, Coates and Morrison aren't sure this can even happen." (CBC.CA/books 2011-09-16)

"...a guide to the mindset of the entitlement generation." (Margaret Wente Globe & Mail 2011-09-17)

"[Ken Coates and Bill Morrison's] new book, Campus Confidential, is a bracing reality check that should be essential reading for would-be university students, their parents and anyone who thinks higher education holds all the answers." (Margaret Wente The Globe and Mail 2011-03-31)

"Heading to university just because Mom, Dad, a guidance counsellor, or society in general think you should can prove to be an extremely expensive mistake." (Rick Maclean Charlottetown Guardian 2011-09-24)

"This is a must read book for all parents and teenagers thinking about university education as well as all high school counsellors." (Hrayr Berberoglu Wines World 2012-11-05)

Thinking about post-secondary education? Bill Morrision [and Ken Coates] has just the book for you. (Ladysmith Chronicle)

"The entitlement generation is killing the joy of teaching they say, but students aren't the only challenge for universities....The 100 startling things are organized into short chapters with snappy titles..." (Janet Steffenhagen Vancouver Sun 2011-09-05)

"...crisply written" (Jon Ferry The Province 2011-09-07)

"[One] of the smartest critics of the system is Ken Coates... Dr. Coates’s book, Campus Confidential, is essential reading for students and their parents." (Margaret Wente The Globe and Mail 2012-10-20)

“[Coates and Morrison’s] lively, witty, crystalline text should be required reading for parents, high school counsellors and, most of all, students.” (Alec Bruce Atlantic Books Today 2013-04-23)

About the Author

KEN S. COATES is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. Formerly, he was Dean, Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo. He lives in Saskatoon.

BILL MORRISON was a professor and administrator at universities in Ontario, Manitoba, and British Columbia and a visiting professor in the United States before he retired in 2010. Morrison has published fourteen books, twelve of them in collaboration with Ken S. Coates. He lives in Ladysmith, BC.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Information July 11 2013
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This book had a lot of new and interesting information regarding the education system in Canada.
For parents who are preparing for their child's post-secondary education, it will help guide and inform them.
A great read.
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