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Catching up on some news & views

March 15, 2011

Provincial:

“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.”

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.”

National:

“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.”

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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.

International:

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.

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