MORRISON, William R.

Author Tags: Education, History

It used to be that a college degree was the surefire way of securing a successful career. Times and opportunities have changed, and What to Consider if You’re Considering College (Dundurn, 2015) examines the variety of post-high-school options available to students and young adults. Publicity materials advise that this book is geared towards "Americans in their teens and twenties."

Bill Morrison has taught at Duke University as well as at universities in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia. He retired from his university career in 2010 and lives in Ladysmith, British Columbia.

With Ken S. Coates, Morrison has co-authored history titles while teaching history at the University of Northern British Columbia. He is now retired emeritus professor of History and lives in Ladysmith.

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
The Alaska Highway in World War II: The U.S. Army of Occupation in Canada's Northwest
The Sinking of the Princess Sophia: Taking the North Down with Her


Land of the Midnight Sun [Hurtig, 1988)

Editors. For Purposes of Dominion: Essays in Honour of Morris Zaslow (Toronto: Captus Press, 1989).

Editors. Interpreting Canada’s North: Selected Readings (Toronto: Copp Clark Pitman, 1989).

The Sinking of the Princess Sophia: Taking the North Down With Her (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1990). Revised U.S. edition (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 1991).

Editors. My Dear Maggie: Letters from a Western Manitoba Pioneer William Wallace (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1991).

The Alaska Highway in World War II: The U.S. Army of Occupation in Canada's Northwest (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press). Also published in Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992).

Working the North: Labor and the Northwest Defence Projects, 1942-1946 (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 1994).

Editors. Indigenous Peoples in Remote Regions: Comparative Perspectives (Thunder Bay: Centre for Northern Studies, 1995).

Editors. The Historiography of the Provincial North (Thunder Bay: Centre for Northern Studies, 1996).

Editors. Apostle of the North: Memoirs of William Carpenter Bompas. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2003. Introduction.

The Forgotten North: A History of Canada's Provincial Norths (Toronto: James Lorimer & Company, Publishers, 1992)

Strange Things Done: Murder in Yukon History (McGill-Queens, 2004).

With Ken S. Coates. Campus Confidential: 100 Startling Things You Don't Know About Canadian Universities (Lorimer 2011; second edition 2013) 978-1-55277-650-6 $22.95

What to Consider If You're Considering College: New Rules for Education and Employment (Dundurn Press, 2015) $19.99 9781459723726 Co-written by Ken Coates.

On the Frontier: Letters from the Canadian West in the 1880s (U. of Regina 2015) $29.95 978-0-88977-408-7 Co-written with Ken Coates.

[BCBW 2015]

Campus Confidential
Publisher's Promo (2013)

Ken S. Coates and Bill Morrison have been sparking lively debate about post-secondary education since the publication of the first edition of this readable, honest book in 2011.
Taking universities to task for spreading myths like the million-dollar promise for graduates and revealing the best-kept secrets, Coates and Morrison are arming students to make informed decisions about their future schooling and career path. The Globe and Mail has labelled it "a bracing reality check that should be essential reading for would-be university students, their parents and anyone who thinks higher education holds all the answers."

Now that nearly everyone goes to college or university but only a small percentage actually find employment in their chosen field, understanding what's really going on is more
important than ever. This completely updated and revised edition answers key questions for potential students (Is a
BA worth the paper it's printed on?) and reflects on growing debates about Quebec students, graduate unemployment, and appropriate student choices for post-secondary education.

Readers can count on university insiders Coates and Morrison for fresh, unexpected insights. KEN S. COATES is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama
Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. Formerly, he was Dean, Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo. He lives in Saskatoon.

BILL MORRISON was a professor and administrator at universities in Ontario, Manitoba, and British Columbia and a visiting professor in the United States before he retired in 2010. He
lives in Ladysmith, BC.

Campus Confidential (Second Edition)
100 Startling Things You Don't Know About Canadian Universities

by Ken S. Coates and Bill Morrison
Publication: April 2013
6 x 9", 262 pages
978-1-4594-0435-9 paperback $22.95
978-1-4594-0436-6 ebook $16.95