Wednesday, May 7, 2008

What'$ in a Name?


Dr. Ron Burnett has written an interesting and persuasive argument in the op-ed page of the Sun today about why Emily Carr - he is the President - now rightly designated a University.

You may have noticed that two weeks ago, the Premier went on a bit of a roll: every day for five days in a row, he named yet another college now a university - Capilano, Malispina, Kwantlen, Emily Carr, and...and...I forget.

No doubt every one is very proud and excited. Even though almost nobody can figure out what the point was for doing all this renaming.

But be assured that within a very short time the Law of Unintended Consequences will set in and the You and I will be paying mightily for the Premier's Naming Week.

Very soon, all those instructors at colleges who have been earning $70K or $90K will wake up and realize that they are now Professors at Universities and they will demand parity, and $90K won't be nearly enough to make them feel good about themselves. Better $125K or such.

Nice move. Gord.

2 comments:

PelaLusa said...

Perhaps this sounds elitist, but I have to wonder if companies, especially those outside the confines of B.C. will start questioning the authenticity of the "university" credentials of these colleges and trade schools?

If/when their credibilities are shot down in flames, will the graduates of these schools then have legal recourse to sue them?

Anonymous said...

And, of course, tuitions will quadruple.