Preserving the quality of university education in Ontario
OCUFA.on.ca – News – OCUFA’s recommendations for the 2017 Ontario Budget
January 20, 2017
OCUFA has set out its priorities for the 2017 Ontario Budget in a written submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. Preserving the quality of university education in Ontario provides a vision for postsecondary education founded on a strong, comprehensive system of public funding that is accessible, high quality, and provides good jobs.
Ontario’s universities currently receive the lowest level of public per-student funding in Canada, are not hiring full-time faculty at the rate necessary to keep pace with student enrolment, and have the highest student-faculty ratios in the country.
OCUFA’s recommendations to the Standing Committee include:
– Increasing per-student funding for Ontario’s universities to match the average for the rest of Canada;
– Making a commitment to supporting faculty renewal, including full-time faculty hiring that brings Ontario’s student-faculty ratio in line with the rest of Canada and replacing retiring faculty with tenure-stream positions;
– Ensuring fairness for contract faculty by strengthening employment and labour laws;
– Rejecting the use of punitive performance-based funding in the renewed university funding model; and
– Establishing a new higher education data agency to collect, analyze, and disseminate key information on Ontario’s universities.
The full submission can be downloaded here: < http://ocufa.on.ca/assets/2017-OCUFA-Pre-Budget-Submission.pdf?utm_source=OCUFA+Report&utm_campaign=b0accfd809-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_01_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_458512323c-b0accfd809-46748547&mc_cid=b0accfd809&mc_eid=753e6e4b1e >
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