Saturday, January 19, 2013
The Utmost Degree
O'Heron to lecture on the worth of a higher education at Abby campus Jan 28
Released by Anne Russell, University of
the Fraser Valley
Herb O’Heron on the value of a degree in UFV President’s Leadership
lecture series Although not as famous as Alvin Toffler, Herb O’Heron is
Canada’s own educational futurist.
Working with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC),
as Director of Research and Policy Analysis, he analyzes statistics and
trends in education and makes predictions for the future of
post-secondary education in Canada.
O’Heron will be providing his insights on The Value of a Degree as part
of the President’s Leadership Lecture series on Monday, Jan 28 at 4:30
pm in Building A, Room 225 (boardroom) at the Abbotsford campus.
He is the first speaker in UFV president Mark Evered’s Leadership
Lecture Series for the 2013 calendar year.
“Herb will be speaking to the value of a degree to an individual and the
value of a university to the community” said Evered. “This speaker is a
great fit with the goal of the leadership series to bring speakers that
challenge and provoke discussion at the university and in the
Universities across Canada have experienced tremendous growth over the
last 30 years. Since 1980 the number of full-time university students
has more than doubled, while part-time enrolment is up 16 percent,
according to AUCC’s Trends in Higher Education publication.
In the same time period, UFV has grown from a small regional college to
a fully accredited public university that enrolls over 16,000 students
per year. The university now offers more than 100 programs, including
two master’s degree, 15 bachelor’s degrees, majors, minors and extended
minors in more than 30 subject areas, and more than a dozen trades and
But can this growth be sustained in the next 30 years? Many programs are
full. Buildings are at capacity.
UFV, like many educational institutions, is wrestling with how to
provide a better education with shrinking government resources and
increased competition in the marketplace. There are changing
demographics, new technologies, emerging labour markets, and
globalization to consider. In sum, there is no shortage of challenges
for educational institutions.
The AUCC represents 95 Canadian public and private universities and
colleges, including UFV, with a mandate to facilitate the development of
public policy on higher education and to encourage cooperation among
universities and governments, industry and communities.
O’Heron is the primary author of AUCC’s Trends in Higher Education
publication, which examines factors that influence Canadian university
enrolment, faculty, and finances, and the resulting impact on the
resources universities require to meet student demand.
He also works with the Centre for Education Statistics at Statistics
Canada. He is a founding member of the Canadian Institutional Research
and Planning Association.
This free educational lecture is open to members of the community as
well as students, alumni, faculty and staff of the university.
Scheduled next in the President’s Leadership Lecture Series will be
former professional hockey player and advocate for children’s rights
Sheldon Kennedy, one of UFV’s 2012 honorary degree recipients. He will
be speaking on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
Information on the President’s Lecture Series and other public events is
available on the UFV website www.ufv.ca
or by email here or by
telephone at 604 854-4503.
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