Bunch o’ stuff
- “Queen’s principal to ‘do less with less’: In addition to budget cuts, Daniel Woolf believes the school has to focus its academic direction,” Elizabeth Church, theglobeandmail.ca (Dec. 13/09): “‘It is often said that you have to do more with less,’ Dr. Woolf said in a recent interview at the university. ‘I think frankly we have all been doing more with less for a very long time.'”
- “Educating Canada: When it comes to undergraduate education, we can do better,” Robert Campbell, Michael Goldbloom, Ray Ivany and Sean Riley, theglobeandmail.ca (Dec. 10/09): “As Ian Clark, one of the authors of Academic Transformation, has written, ‘something has to be done if the university system is to avoid ever-larger classes, greater reliance on part-time instructors, and a slide into homogeneous mediocrity in the face of constrained government spending and student tuition.’”
- “Lost Trust,” Bob Samuels, Inside Higher Ed (Dec. 7/09):
[University of California President Mark] Yudof’s protection of the profit-centered units was highlighted when many of the highest earners in the university system were able to remove themselves from his furlough plan. First the people funded out of external grants were exempted, and then the medical faculty, some of whom make over $800,000 a year, were able to fight off any salary reductions. Meanwhile workers making less than $40,000 were having their pay reduced and non-tenured faculty were being laid off. The result of this process is the increased growth of income inequality in a system where already in 2008, 3,600 employees made over $200,000 for a collective pay of $1 billion.
- “LU set for shutdown despite faculty opposition,” tbnewswatch.com (Dec. 2/09): “Lakehead University will go ahead with its proposed four-day shutdown later this month, despite strong opposition from the school’s Faculty Association.”
- “CAUT council delegates unanimously condemn Ontario college management for refusing to bargain in good faith,” CAUT Newsletter (Dec. 1/09): “More than 150 delegates representing more than 65,000 academic staff from 121 colleges and universities in Canada have unanimously condemned Ontario’s College Compensation and Appointments Council for refusing to negotiate in good faith with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).”