Catching up on some news & views
- “Student union demonstrates at MLAs’ constituency offices: Protest is about potential cuts to post-secondary education,” Adam Bowie, The Daily Gleaner (A3, 10 Mar/11).
- “Deal reached at Mt. A,” Yvon Gauvin, Times & Transcript (A3, 10 Mar/11).
- “N.B. universities receive the least provincial funding per capita in Canada,” Marty Klinkenberg, Telegraph-Journal (A4, 5 Mar/11):
“We think the government should look at the amount other provinces are putting up to help their universities attract students,” [University of New Brunswick chancellor Richard] Currie said. “We’ve been forwarding them the information, but haven’t heard back.
“I’m not sure they are even reading what we send to them.”
- “UNB student union kicks off “Our Future” campaign,” Academica (3 Mar/11): find out more or donate to the campaign.
- “Fredericton students march against tuition increases: New Brunswick budget cuts could affect student loan repayment program,” Jamie Ross, The McGill Daily (3 Mar/11):
Alex Bailey, the NBFL’s vice-president for youth, said one way to offset the rising cost of education is to raise minimum wage in the province.
“Young students are also young workers,” said Bailey. “Students can’t pay their fees because wages are low.”
- “Students vow to fight back: Education funding: Crowd marches to the legislature from campuses,” Adam Bowie, The Daily Gleaner (A1, 2 Mar/11).
- “Student leaders launch ‘Our Future’ campaign: UNB students hoping for additional post-secondary education dollars,” Adam Bowie, Times & Transcript (A5, 1 Mar/11).
- “Seeking a balance in funding post-secondary education,” J. Colin Dodds, New Brunswick Business Journal (B2, 25 Feb/11): “Seeking a balance,” otherwise known as off-loading.
- “UPEI ordered to pay back reinstated employees,” Academica (11 Mar/11): the case, however, is still before the court.
- “VIU [Vancouver Island U] faculty go on strike,” Academica (11 Mar/11): issues are job security and access. Check out the VIUFA web site.
- “Troubled University of Phoenix quits Canada,” The Vancouver Sun (10 Mar/11): so long, farewell.
- “uWinnipeg faculty association members set strike deadline,” Academica (4 Mar/11): the parties have since returned to the bargaining table.
- “Canadian Federation of Students launches new student debt website,” Andrew Moran, examiner.com (23 Feb/11): check it out at Education is a Right.
- “Lowering Higher Education,” Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed (23 Feb/11): interview with James E. Côté and Anton L. Allahar, authors of Lowering Higher Education: The Rise of Corporate Universities and the Fall of Liberal Education (University of Toronto Press):
“We also provide a section concerning what not to do, including following the example of the U.K., where schools consciously seek out the “disengaged student market” and provide them with (pseudo-) vocational programs of dubious merit and relevance in the labor force.”
- “Conservatives accused of digging up dirt on “Liberal” uOttawa professors,” Academica (14 Feb/11)
- “Tories accused of digging up dirt on ‘Liberal’ profs,” Susan Delacourt and Bruce Campion-Smith, thestar.com (11 Feb/11):
Fred DeLorey, a spokesman for the Conservative Party, said “not from us” when asked about the massive information requests on the two professors.
Sara MacIntyre, a spokeswoman for the Prime Minister’s Office, said since the law guarantees the anonymity of the requester, she wouldn’t speculate on who was seeking the information on Attaran and Mendes.
- “LSE [London School of Economics] director resigns over Gaddafi donation,” Yojana Sharma, University World News (4 Mar/11): when “partnerships” go bad.
- “Reforms may turn scholars into academic ‘lap dancers’: Funding cuts blamed for endangering democratic freedom of the humanities,” Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education (3 Mar/11): now there’s an image.
- “French Court Finds in Favor of Journal Editor Sued for Libel Over Book Review,” Jennifer Howard, The Chronicle of Higher Education (2 Mar/11): it ain’t libel if it’s true.
- “Wisconsin: the battleground for America’s political future,” Tom Mendelsohn, The Independent (24 Feb/11): “[In a recorded conversation Governor Walker] admitted that union-busting was his goal.”
- “WikiLeaks Inspires Site on Australian Higher Ed,” Inside Higher Ed (24 Feb/11): check out UniLeaks.
- “A WikiLeaks Clone Takes On Higher Education,” Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education (23 Feb/11): UniLeaks.
- “Why They Are Rallying,” Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed (23 Feb/11):
Inside Higher Ed asked faculty union leaders in Ohio, the state with both a strong base of academic unions and a current proposal that would end collective bargaining, why they are so concerned — and what contract provisions they see exemplifying their role.
The answers provided by Ohio’s unions didn’t emphasize money, perhaps because these days there’s not a lot of money to go around. Instead the responses focused on the way contracts can force colleges to maintain equitable, predictable policies and procedures that relate to everything from how one is evaluated for tenure to how many courses one teaches.