Author Archives: Saul Schwartz

About Saul Schwartz

Professor School of Public Policy and Administration Carleton University Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6 Canada

Ravens and Redblacks: More on a conflict of interest

On April 17, I raised the question of whether a conflict of interest existed for some Carleton Board of Governors members around the new and expensive parking structure approaching completion on the North end of campus. That parking structure, along … Continue reading

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Carleton University, the Lansdowne Revitalization and a (Potential) Conflict of Interest?

Canadian universities typically have clear statements of how to deal with perceived, potential and real conflicts of interests that arise for members of their Boards of Governors. For example, the by-laws of the Carleton University Board of Governors state: “A … Continue reading

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The 2010-2012 Governance Crisis at Concordia

Because university governance often involves (at least) three powerful bodies — the administration, the Board of Governors and the Senate — it is not surprising that all sorts of conflicts arise. The uproar at Concordia University in early 2011 illustrates … Continue reading

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A short overview of university governance in Canada

Several recent controversies at Carleton — the building of the new parking garage over the O-Train tracks, the destruction of the campus community garden and the agreement to set up the Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management — have spurred … Continue reading

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A Bad Mix: Complexity, For-Profit Schools and College Decisions

Almost 3000 four-year colleges are spread across the United States. Half are private non-profit schools and a quarter are public.  For the first time, in 2011-2012, there were more private for-profit college than public colleges.[1] Young people face the daunting task … Continue reading

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Are Students the Weaker Party in Loan Contracts?

Not all bargains are struck between parties with equal bargaining power; sometimes one party is far stronger because of greater knowledge and experience or because of the particular situation of the weaker party. If a vessel is sinking, the only … Continue reading

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Debt Aversion Among Students: Does It Exist and Is It Important?

Would the prospect of having to borrow to go to university dissuade someone from enrolling in an academic program that was attractive to them and that held the promise of earnings that were enough to repay the loan? That is, … Continue reading

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