HECQO, a government-funded intermediary between the province and universities, published a thinkpiece on how intermediaries between governments and universities are essential, even when said intermediaries are funded by the state.
Yes, they did just devote months of research to justifying their own existence. And yes, there is already a ministry full of mandarins dedicated to determining educational quality at the postsecondary level (and a second one for k-12) … not to mention institution-level determinants of quality, such as external and internal review.
Yeah, the reason why the university is in crisis is totally because there aren’t enough watchdogs. < /sarcasm >
(Side note: sadly, I don’t think this story was an April Fool’s joke.)