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Higher Education Policy

Resources and Publications


IInternational Education CoverTamtik, Merli, Trilokekar, Roopa Desai, and Jones, Glen A. (2020). International Education as Public Policy in Canada. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Universities and Regional Development coverPinhero, Romulo, Benneworth, Paul, and Jones, Glen A. (2012) Universities and Regional Development: A Critical Assessment of Tensions and Contradictions. London: Routledge.


Go Global BookTrilokekar, Roopa Desai, Jones, Glen A. and Shubert, Adrian (Eds.). (2009). Canada’s Universities Go Global. Toronto: James Lorimer and Company.

Fisher, Don, Rubenson, Kjell, Bernatchez, Jean, Clift, Robert, Jones, Glen, Lee, Jacy, MacIvor, Madeleine, Meredith, John, Shanahan, Theresa, and Trottier, Claude. (2006). Canadian Federal Policy and Post-Secondary Education. Vancouver, BC: Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training, University of British Columbia.

Creating Knowledge Book CoverJones, Glen A., McCarney, Patricia L. and Skolnik, Michael L. (Eds.). (2005). Creating Knowledge, Strengthening Nations: The Changing Role of Higher Education. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Lang, Daniel W., House, Dawn, Young, Stacey, and Jones, Glen A. (2000). University Finance in Ontario. Research Monographs in Higher Education No. 5. Winnipeg: Centre for Higher Education Research and Development, University of Manitoba.


HE Canada Different Systems Book CoverJones, Glen A. (Ed.) (1997). Higher Education in Canada: Different Systems, Different Perspectives. New York and London: Garland Publishing.






Linking People and Knowledge: Strengthening Ontario's Higher Education Policy Research Community (April 24, 2014).

Defining and Measuring Student Success: A Higher Education Policy Research Symposium (November 22, 2013).

Key Issues in Ontario Higher Education: A Policy Research Symposium (May 16, 2013)

Discussing the Discussion Paper: A Symposium on Key Themes Identified by the MTCU Discussion Paper on Postsecondary Education (September 24, 2012)

Strengthening Canada Through Post-Secondary Education and Innovation: A Symposium on the OECD's Economic Survey of Canada (July 14, 2012)

Three Campuses for Ontario: A Symposium on Options, Challenges and Possibilities (February 7, 2012)



Young, Stacey J., Piche, Pierre G. & Jones, Glen A. (2019). Student Pathways and Differentiation Policies in Ontario: Are They Compatible? Policy Reviews in Higher Education, https://doi.org/10.1080/23322969.2019.1679662

Jones, Glen A. and Noumi, Christian (2018). Canada: Provincial Responsibility, Federal Influence, and the Challenge of Coordination. In Carnoy, Martin, Froumin, Isak, Leshukov, Oleg and Marginson, Simon (Eds.). Higher Education in Federal Systems: A Comparative Study (pp. 96-125). Los Angeles: Sage.

Antonowicz, D., Cantwell, B., Froumin, I., Jones, G. A., Marginson, S. and Pinheiro, R. (2018). Horizontal Diversity. In B. Cantwell, S. Marginson, and A. Smolentseva (eds.) High Participation Systems of Higher Education (pp. 94-124). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Jones, G. A. (2018). Decentralization, Provincial Systems, and the Challenge of Equity: High Participation Higher Education in Canada. In B. Cantwell, S. Marginson, and A. Smolentseva (eds.) High Participation Systems of Higher Education (pp. 203-226). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Young, Stacey, Piche, Pierre & Jones, Glen A. (2017). The Two Towers of Transformation: The compatibility of the policy goals of differentiation and student mobility. Toronto: Centre for the Study of Canadian and International Higher Education, OISE-University of Toronto. 

Piche, Pierre G. & Jones, Glen A. (2016). Institutional Diversity in Ontario's University Sector: A Policy Debate Analysis. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 46 (3), 1-17.

Pinheiro, Romulo, Charles, David, & Jones, Glen A. (2016). Equity, Institutional Diversity and Regional Development: A Cross-country Comparison. Higher Education, 72(3), 307-322. DOI 10.1007/s10734-015-9958-7.

Lennon, M. C., Skolnik, M. L. & Jones, G. A. (2015). The Rae Report in Retrospect: A View From the College Sector. London, Ontario: OPSEU 110 (Fanshawe College).

Jones, Glen A. (2015). The Invisible Private Sector. Rethinking Higher Education Forum, Academica, March 31, 2015.

Li, S. X. & Jones, G. A. (2015). The “invisible” sector: Private higher education in Canada. In .Joshi, K.M. & Paivandi, S. (eds.), Private higher education: A global perspective (pp 1-33). Delhi, India: B. R. Publishing.

Shanahan, T., Jones, G. A., Fisher, D., and Rubenson, K. (2014). Contradictory Trends in PSE in Ontario. In D. Fisher, K. Rubenson, T. Shanahan and C. Trottier (eds.), The Development of Postsecondary Education Systems in Canada: A Comparison Between British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec (pp. 122-199). Montreal: McGill-Queen’s.

Jones, Glen A. (2014). Building and Strengthening Policy Research Capacity: Key Issues in Canadian Higher Education. Studies in Higher Education, 39(8), 1332-1342. Preprint open access version can be found here.

Weinrib, Julian and Jones, Glen A. (2014). Largely a Matter of Degrees: Quality Assurance and Canadian Universities. Policy and Society. 33 (3), 225–236. Preprint open access version can be found here.

Bégin-Caouette, Olivier and Jones Glen A. (2014) Student Organizations in Canada and Quebec's 'Maple Spring. Studies in Higher Education 39 (3), 412-425 (Author's Origiinal Manuscript - open access). Link to published journal article here.

Jones, Glen A. (2014). An Introduction to Higher Education in Canada. In K.M. Joshi and Saee Paivandi (eds.), Higher Education Across Nations, (vol. 1, pp. 1-38). Delhi: B.R. Publishing.

Jones, Glen A. (2013). Lineation and Lobbying: Policy Networks and Higher Education Policy in Ontario. In Paul Axelrod, Roopa Desai Trilokekar, Theresa Shanahan and Richard Wellen (Eds.), Making Policy in Turbulent Times (pp. 99-116). Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Jones, Glen A., and Field, Cynthia (2013). “Increasing Access to Higher Education: A Review of System-Level Policy Initiatives.” Paper presented at the International Conference on Access Policy in Higher Education (Annual Meeting of the International Alliance of Leading Education Institutes) hosted by Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China, October 31-November 1st, 2013.

Trilokekar, Roopa Desai and Jones, Glen A. (2013) Finally, an Internationalization Policy for Canada. International Higher Education, 71 (Spring), 17-18.

Trilokekar, Roopa Desai and Jones, Glen A. (2013) Are the Stars Aligned? Will Canada Finally Create an International Education Strategy? Academic Matters (web-exclusive)

Jones, Glen A. (2012). Lineation and Lobbying: Policy Networks and Higher Education Policy in Ontario. Draft paper presented at the York University conference entitled "Policy Formation inn Higher Education: Issues and Prospects in Turbulent Times", Toronto, March 15-17, 2012.

Skolnik, Michael L. (2012). College Baccalaureate Degrees and the Diversification of Baccalaureate Production in Ontario. Research Paper.

Jones, Glen A. and Gopaul, Bryan  (2012). Doctoral Education and the Global University: Student Mobility, Hierarchy and Canadian Government Policy.  In Adam Nelson and Ian Wei (eds.), The Global University: Past, Present and Future Perspectives (pp. 189-209). New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Boyko, Lydia, and Chaplin, Elyse K. (2011). Students With Learning Disabilities: Access to Higher education in Canada. A Review of the Literature.

Jones, Glen A., and Oleksiyenko, Anatoly (2011). The Internationalization of Canadian University Research: A Global Higher Education Matrix Analysis of Multi-level Governance. Higher Education, 61(1), 41-57.

Jones, Glen A. and Weinrib, Julian (2011). Globalization and Higher Education in Canada. In Roger King, Simon Marginson and Rajani Naidoo (Eds.), Handbook on Globalization and Higher Education. Camberley, UK: Edward Elgar

Jones, Glen A. (2010) Broadening Accessibility to Postsecondary Education. Academic Matters (on-line version).

Jones, Glen A. and Skolnik, Michael L. (2009). Degrees of Opportunity: Broadening Student Access by Increasing Institutional Differentiation in Ontario Higher Education. Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.

Jones, Glen A. (2009). Internationalization and Higher Education Policy in Canada: Three Challenges. In Trilokekar, Roopa Desai, Jones, Glen A. and Shubert, Adrian (Eds.). Canada’s Universities Go Global (pp. 355-369). Toronto: James Lorimer and Company (CAUT Series).

Jones, Glen A. (2009). Sectors, Institutional Types, and the Challenges of Shifting Categories: A Canadian Commentary. Higher Education Quarterly 63(4), 371-383.

Fisher, Don, Rubenson, Kjell, Jones, Glen, and Shanahan, Theresa. (2009). The Political Economy of Post-Secondary Education: A Comparison of British Columbia, Ontario, and Québec. Higher Education, 57, 549-566.

Jones, Glen A. (2009). Why so Little Public Accountability for Quality? In Accounting or Accountability in Higher education. Proceedings from the January 8, 2009 OCUFA conference (pp. 45-49). Toronto: Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations.

Dougherty, Kevin, Gallacher, Jim, Jones, Glen, Moodie, Gavin, Scott, Peter and Stanton, Geoff. (2008). International and Contextual Studies (Working Paper 1). Universal Access and Dual Regimes of Further and Higher Education (The FurtherHigher Project). Sheffield: University of Sheffield.

Jones, Glen A. (2008). Can Provincial Universities be Global Institutions? Rethinking the Institution as the Unit of Analysis in the Study of Globalization and Higher Education.  Higher Education Policy, 21(4), 457-468.

Jones, Glen A., Shanahan, Theresa, Padure, Lucia, Lamoureux, Sylvie, and Gregor, Emily. (2008). Marshalling Resources for Change: System-Level Initiatives to Increase Access and Success. Montreal: Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation.

Shanahan, Theresa, and Jones, Glen A. (2007). Shifting Roles and Approaches: Government Coordination of Postsecondary Education in Canada from 1995 to 2006. Higher Education Research and Development, 26(1) 31-43.

Trilokekar, Roopa Desai, and Jones, Glen A. (2007). Internationalizing Canada’s Universities: A Matter of Policy Coordination? International Higher Education. 46, 12-14.

Jones, Glen A. (2006). Canada. In James J. F. Forest and Philip G. Altbach (Eds.), International Handbook of Higher Education (pp. 627-645). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

Bell, Stephen, and Jones, Glen A. (2005). Paying for a University Education: A Comparison of Public and Private Study Costs in Canada, Australia, and Selected European Countries. In Robert Sweet and Paul Anisef (Eds.), Preparing for Post-Secondary Education: New roles for Governments and Families (pp. 87-125). Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Jones, Glen A. (2005). On Complex Intersections: Ontario Universities and Governments. In Frank Iacobucci and Carolyn Tuohy (Eds.). Taking Public Universities Seriously (pp. 174-187). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Jones, Glen A., and Young, Stacey. (2004). “Madly off in all directions”: Higher Education, Marketization, and Canadian Federalism. In Pedro Teixeira, Ben B. Jongbloed, David Dill, and Alberto Amaral (Eds.). Markets and Higher Education: Rhetoric or Reality? (pp. 185-205). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Jones, Glen A. (2004). Ontario Higher Education Reform, 1995-2003: From Modest Modifications to Policy Reform. Canadian Journal of Higher Education 34(3), 39-54.

Winton, Sue, and Jones, Glen A. (2004). Ontario’s Double-Cohort. International Higher Education, 36, 25-27.

Jones, Glen A. (2001). Islands and Bridges: Lifelong Learning and Complex Systems of Higher Education in Canada. In David Aspin, Judith Chapman, Michael Hatton, and Yukiko Sawano (Eds.), International Handbook of Lifelong Learning (Volume 2, pp. 545-560). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Jones, Glen A. (2000) Higher Education Research and Policy in Canada. In Ulrich Teichler and Jan Sadlak, (Eds.), Higher Education Research: Its Relationship to Policy, and Practice (pp. 71-80). Oxford: Pergamon/International Association of Universities/UNESCO.

Jones, Glen A. (2000). The Canadian Research Chairs Program. International Higher Education, 21, 22-23.

Goyan, Paul, and Jones, Glen A. (1999). The Question of Degrees in Canadian Higher Education. International Higher Education, 16, 15-16.

Jones, Glen A. (1998). University-Government Relations in Canada: A Brief Review of the “Traditional” Literature. In Glen A. Jones (Ed.), The University and the State: Reflections on the Canadian Experience (pp. 5-30). CHERD/CSSHE Reader Series Number 4. Winnipeg: Centre for Higher Education Research and Development, University of Manitoba, and the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education.

Skolnik, Michael L., Jones, Glen A. & Soren, Barbara. (1998). Arrangements for Coordination Between University and College Sectors in Canadian Provinces: 1990-1996. Higher Education Policy, 11(1), 15-27.

Jones, Glen A. (1997, March). The Changing Policies and Politics of Ontario Higher Education. International Higher Education 7, 16-17.

Jones, Glen A. (1996). Diversity Within a Decentralized Higher Education System: The Case of Canada. In V. Lynn Meek, Leo Goedegebuure, Osmo Kivinen, and Risto Rinne (Eds.), The Mockers and Mocked: Comparative Perspectives on Differentiation, Convergence and Diversity in Higher Education (pp. 79-94). Oxford: Pergamon.

Jones, Glen (1994). Higher Education Policy in Ontario. In Leo Goedegebuure, Frans Kaiser, Peter Maassen, Lynn Meek, Frans van Vught, & Egbert de Weert (Eds.), Higher Education Policy: An International Comparative Perspective (pp. 214-238). Oxford: Pergamon.

Skolnik, Michael L. & Jones, Glen A. (1993). Arrangements for Coordination Between University and College Sectors in Canadian Provinces. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 23(1), 56-73.

Jones, Glen A. (1991) Keeping Legislators Informed: The University of Manitoba Study. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, Vol. XXI (1), 90-104.

Jones, Glen A. (1991). Modest Modifications and Structural Stability: Higher Education in Ontario. Higher Education, 21, 573-587.

Jones, Glen A. (1990). Imminent Disaster Revisited, Again: The Crisis Literature of Canadian Higher Education. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 20(2), 1-8.

Jones, Glen A. (1989). Keeping Legislators Informed: A Study of Feedback From Legislators on Information Provided by the University of Manitoba. ASHE Annual Meeting Series, ERIC ED 313983


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