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ERIC Number: EJ813774
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1195-4353
Knowledge-Based Economies and Education: A Grand Canyon Analogy
Mahy, Colleen; Krimmel, Tyler
College Quarterly, v11 n1 p1-8 Win 2008
Expeditions inspire people to reach beyond themselves. Today, post-secondary education requires as much planning as any expedition. However, there has been a trend that has seen just over half of all high school students in Ontario going on to post-secondary education. While some people have barely noticed this statistic, the OECD has released a projection that has many in business, education and government paying attention: more than 70% of all jobs in 2012 will require post-secondary education. Certainly, jobs that have decent pay, security and flexibility will demand post-secondary education. Post-secondary education used to translate directly into a profession or a specific career field. It was accepted that by taking a program at a college or university, a person would enter a specific sector of the economy: manufacturing, hospitality, health, education, engineering, technology, law. Today, this is not the case for most students: The river landscape has altered and what was once a stream with two banks is now a deep canyon with impressive and imposing mountainous walls. However, this erosion--caused by the combined effect of international competition, increased levels of education, and highly-skilled workers immigrating--did not occur in the past five years. This shift in the landscape has taken the last fifty years and economists, businesses and educators have all watched the erosion take place. In this article, the authors present an analysis of current Canadian post-secondary education. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada