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Trending towards inequality: Understanding the role of universities in the rise of contract academic work

Friday, November 15th, 2019

If universities begin to aggressively increase class sizes, eliminate course offerings, or succeed in imposing an increased workload on tenure-stream faculty, performance funding measures may lead to many contract faculty losing their jobs or having less work. However, as tenure-stream faculty retire and are not replaced, there will likely be an increased reliance on contract faculty. Neither scenario is favourable…

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We need to talk about this in Ontario. But we probably won’t

Friday, November 15th, 2019

“Because my wife has French-language rights, and because we’re Catholic, I get to choose between four different schools to send my kids to. The other 70 per cent of Ontarians don’t get that choice… They can only go to an English public school. How is that fair for anyone?” … Parents are struggling with all manner of cuts and shortcomings to their children’s education… a lot of people will tell you it’s because we have multiple boards.

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Laurentian relaunches tuition waiver program for former youth in care

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

in January 2019, the current provincial government made widespread changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program, favouring grants and loans and marking the end of free tuition for lower-income students, prompting Laurentian to re-launch the program… “… after age 18, the lives [of youth in care] are a huge challenge… In the end, as a government, you pay for it anyway. … You can’t stop caring about them after 18.”

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University performance-based funding is bound to fail

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

… there is a strong call for a significant proportion of performance to be based on narrow labour-market outcomes, commercialization and economic imperatives… the collection of system-wide data is not a bad idea on its own… However… it runs the real danger of skewing university programs and perverting the very objectives it sets out to measure through over-emphasis and, frankly, “gaming” of one sort or another.

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Free speech on campus means universities must protect the dignity of all students

Friday, October 11th, 2019

… these controversies are a demonstration of the external pressures created by movements that test the limits of democratic tolerance, and partly they reflect changes in culture which affect the internal balance of power within the university… universities must take an active stance in support of all members’ equal dignity, so that all are able to contribute to a shared mission.

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Strike-averting deal with Ontario education workers includes $20M to bring back laid off support staff

Monday, October 7th, 2019

The provincial government will spend $20 million a year to ensure support staff who were laid off last month return to Ontario schools — and remain there for the next three years — and another $58 million annually to help create more support for special education students… educational assistants, early childhood educators, custodians and office staff — also retained all sick day benefits…

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Ford’s failing formula: Fewer teachers, worse schools

Monday, September 30th, 2019

The government’s funding plans are “well below core education cost drivers,” the report states. They don’t keep up with inflation, let alone student population growth. So the funding situation for schools is set to get worse, not better… the Ford government’s education changes were never about making education better. They were designed to fix a provincial budget problem largely of Ford’s own making.

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International education in Canada is booming — but the system is flawed. Here’s how to fix it

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

Part 1 of the Price of Admission series looks at how international students have increasingly been used as a key source of revenue to prop up an underfunded Canadian education system. Part 2 examines how one Ontario college scrambled to deal with a crisis on campus in the wake of a surge in international enrolment. Part 3 explores how international students, desperate to stay here permanently, are sometimes exploited by employers.

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Canada Research Chairs program announces new, more ambitious equity targets

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

After 13 years of slow progress towards its equity goals, the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program is redoubling efforts to improve diversity within the program. On July 31, the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat… announced more ambitious targets for representation of four equity-seeking groups: women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people and visible minorities.

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Ontario faculty, staff, and students oppose Ford government’s “performance” funding for postsecondary institutions

Monday, September 9th, 2019

… research shows that performance funding is incapable of credibly reflecting the breadth and depth of a student’s education, the long-term benefits of basic research projects, or the contributions of a faculty or staff member. Instead, research shows that this funding model is far more likely to have negative consequences – slowly but certainly eroding the integrity of Ontario’s postsecondary education system.

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