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Quality Network for Universities: Insights From the 2016 Innovation Study Tour to San Francisco

The Conference Board of Canada, 55 pages, October 18, 2016
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This report provides a summary of key findings from the Conference Board’s Quality Network for Universities 2016 Innovation Study Tour to San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Document Highlights

In February 2016, The Conference Board of Canada’s Quality Network for Universities (QNU), a platform for university leaders to explore issues critical to their institutional missions (see “Quality Network for Universities”), conducted a study tour to San Francisco and the Bay Area. The goal was to learn about and build connections relating to research innovation, commercialization, and best practices in universities working with industry.

Participants were able to identify ways in which Canadian universities could improve based on the insights they acquired on the trip. Included in Quality Network for Universities: Insights From the 2016 Innovation Study Tour to San Francisco are some examples, by no means exhaustive, of where Canadian universities are well ahead of the curve. Opportunities for growth include collaborative, interdisciplinary research and teaching; strong interactions with industry start with strong basic research; and the need to embrace change, disruption, and failure.

Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Chapter 1–Post-Secondary Education in California

  • UC Berkeley and Higher Education in California
  • Why Does the UC System Share Governance With Faculty?
  • Sources of Stress in the UC System
  • Canadian Studies at UC Berkeley
  • Berkeley Global Campus and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Chapter 2–Teaching and Learning

  • UC Davis Centre for Educational Effectiveness
  • The Wiki Ed Foundation
  • Graduate Studies at Stanford University

Chapter 3–The Innovation Ecosystem and Incubator Spaces

  • The Innovation Ecosystem
  • What Can Universities Learn From Incubator Spaces?

Chapter 4–#SFBayCanadians and Member Take-Aways

  • #SFBayCanadians (Canada in the San Francisco Bay Area)
  • Member Take-Aways
  • Conclusion

Appendix A–Bibliography

Appendix B–Meeting Program

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