The Case for Free Access to Higher Education

David Wheeler, Academica, Nov 06, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It's always nice to read of an executive officer at a Canadian educational institution calling for free and open access to learning. It's also far too rare. But here we have just such an instance. Cape Breton University president David Wheeler makes the case for establishing universities as a public good. "If Canada wishes to maintain national competitiveness and labour mobility even as we maximise the entrepreneurial spirit, civic engagement, and life chances of our youth, a new social contract will be required," he writes. That would be good. I didn't have any say in the last social contract, and it left me - and millions of others - thousands of dollars in debt. 

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