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Campus Confidential

100 startling things you don't know about Canadian universities (Second Edition)

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.


Ken S. Coates

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

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.

Chapter Title Abstract Contributors Pages Year Price


Explains the reasoning behind writing this book and why this discussion is important to Canadian Society today and how the Universities effect the life’s of Canadians ; 8 $0.80


Focuses on what it means to be a student in university divided into the following: 1 University Isn’t for Everyone 2 Should Tuition Be Free? 3 Consider the Skilled Trades 4 University … ; 22 $2.20


Some information on planning for university and things they don’t tell you including: 9 The Million-Dollar Promise 10 You May Need Two Degrees 11 Ask for Help If You Need It 12 First … ; 27 $2.70


An insider’s look at university institutions including: 18 Not Every University Is “World Class” 19 Our Universities Need a Proper Admissions Test 20 Our Math Students Just … ; 40 $4.00


An analysis on the question do canadian universities work separated into the following areas: 35 Putting Bums On Seats Is the Number-One Priority 36 The Perils of Athletics 37 University … ; 24 $2.40


An analysis of how universities have changed and what it is like inside the educational institutions separated as such: 42 The Good Old Days 43 Are the Fine Arts Undervalued? 44. The … ; 45 $4.50


An insider’s look at the life of a professor including: 60 Too Much Research? 61 A Teacher’s Lament 62 It’s Almost Impossible to Fire Profs 63 It’s Hard to Get a Faculty … ; 35 $3.50


The authors outline their recommendations about the future of universities in Canada ; 18 $1.80