profile: Mike Lang | author - mike lang | mikelang
Mike Lang is a dad, a public servant, and a former doctoral candidate (University of Victoria) who resides in Victoria on unceded lands. His sociological research focused on the role of non-governmental stakeholders in energy policy development in BC.
The United Conservative Party (UCP) government has, from 2018 to 2022, cut the operating support budget for Alberta’s PSEIs by 18.8%, resulting in a trail of destruction across the province’s universities, colleges, and technical institutes. This report addresses two questions. First, we ask what the agenda and actions of the United Conservative Party government of Alberta mean for higher education and research. Second, we ask how institutional factors explain the sector’s lack of autonomy and ability to resist the corporatization agendas of governments.