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Postsecondary Education in British Columbia

Public Policy and Structural Development, 1960–2015

The literature about postsecondary education in British Columbia has largely focused on public colleges and universities, while paying less attention to vocational colleges, apprenticeship, continuing education, and private institutions. Robert Cowin addresses that gap. He provides a comprehensive overview of the evolution of the contemporary provincial postsecondary system and examines the role of social justice, human capital formation, and marketization during five significant transitions. This dynamic approach provides a thoughtful critical analysis of the development of the institutional arrangements – the distribution of institutions by size, mission, type, and location – and policies that have shaped education in the province.

244 pages

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

2 Setting the Stage

3 Policy Rationales

4 Clear Intentions (1960–79)

5 Assumptions Challenged (1980–99)

6 Cynicism (2000–15)

7 Conclusion




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