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CAUT Bulletin Archives

June 2001

Committee of Inquiry to Investigate Noble Case

CAUT's Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee has appointed an independent committee of inquiry to investigate events at Simon Fraser University concerning the decision not to appoint David Noble to the J.S. Woodsworth Chair in Humanities.

Students Pay More for Less

Rapidly rising tuition fees in the past decade have meant students are paying for less while access to university and college is becoming more fragmented along income lines, concludes a new CAUT report.

Online Conference Set for Fall 2001

CAUT will be co-hosting a major international conference on online education Nov. 2­4 at the Delta hotel in downtown Montreal.

Two-Tier Hiring Policy Under Attack

CAUT has registered strong objection to proposals to dismantle the federal government's policy that gives Canadians and permanent residents first consideration for academic jobs at Canadian post-secondary institutions.

Ottawa Posts Record Surplus

Stronger than expected economic growth last year pushed the federal surplus to a record $15 billion, but Finance Minister Paul Martin says none of that windfall will go to repairing Canada's social infrastructure.

The Wizardry of Mediating Instruction with Technology

The discourse analysts out there will notice first in my title the syntactic fracture from what has now become the fluid "Technology Mediated Instruction." That is intentional. I want to focus on both the action of mediation and the attempts to steer discussion away from that action. "Technology" must therefore be put at the end of a title to be made strange (which, for most of us on the inside of education, it is).

New Agreements Signed with IFUT, AUSNZ & NTEU

CAUT has signed agreements with its counterparts in Australia, New Zealand and the Irish Republic allowing individual affiliated members working temporarily in these countries to hold special member status of the host organization

Council Adopts Motion on Privately Funded Activities

Council delegates voted overwhelmingly to adopt a resolution on commercial and privately funded activities in public post-secondary education institutions. The motion reaffirms that CAUT supports and will work towards a publicly governed post-secondary education system which is primarily financed through public funds. CAUT is opposed to the replacement of public funding sources with private funding sources and will actively work to secure adequate public funding. Where post-secondary education institutions and any of their affiliated institutions opt for private funding involvement, it is imperative that private involvement is screened against guidelines that protect the integrity of public education institutions and academic freedom. Such guidelines should ensure that relationships with private funders do not undermine the primacy of the public interest in post-secondary education. Over the next few months, CAUT will develop guidelines for reviewing private funding involvement which include the need for policy and procedures to govern private funding arrangements, respect for existing collective agreements, educational integrity, accountability, integrity of the governance process, ethical issues, equity and inclusiveness, fiscal priorities and responsibility, and research.

Council Condemns DeVry's Status

Delegates to CAUT's Council meeting in April voted to condemn the Alberta government's unprecedented move to grant the DeVry Institute of Technology, a for-profit, U


The Association of Nova Scotia University Teachers, a provincial federation representing the faculty associations of Acadia University, the Atlantic School of Theology, Mount Saint Vincent University, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Saint Francis Xavier University, the University College of Cape Bre-ton and Université Saint-Anne, was welcomed into CAUT membership at CAUT's April Council meeting

Council Celebrates 50th Anniversary

CAUT marked the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1951 with special events at the 50th Council meeting held in April

Toronto Ex-President Urges Adoption of 'Market Model'

Robert Prichard, former president of the University of Toronto, says universities should rely less on the state and embrace the forces of the marketplace in order to maintain their autonomy.

Winds of Change

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council has released the report of a working group struck two years ago to recommend ways to strengthen humanities research and education in Canada.

Women Are Being Left Behind in the Canada Research Chairs Program

Female researchers are being overlooked by the Canada Research Chairs program, according to CRC's own statistics presented last month during the 70th annual Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities at Laval University.

Making Room for Equity & Recognition

The following exchange took place on a wharf in Tofino, British Columbia, between a Nuu-chah-nulth teenager and a local elder. The teenager was on his way home from high school. The exchange takes place in the Nuu-chah-nulth language and is here translated into English. It is the mid 1950s.

Equity Committee Welcomes New Member at First Meeting

CAUT's newly established Equity Committee held its first face-to-face meeting at Ryerson Polytechnic University in May and welcomed its newest member, Piet Defraeye, a gay activist and drama professor from the University of Alberta.

New Agreement at Mount Saint Vincent

On May 9, after two days of intense bargaining, Mount Saint Vincent University Faculty Association reached a tentative agreement with the university.

Professors Sound Alarm Over Proposed Restructuring Bill in Nova Scotia

CAUT is warning that Nova Scotia's proposed Bill 20, the Government Restructuring Act, represents a potentially unprecedented violation of university autonomy and academic freedom.

Feds to Study Ways to Improve Research & Development

The federal Liberal government is undertaking a sweeping study to find ways to improve Canada's research and development capacity, but sources say the initiative needs more work.

U.K. Professor Resigns to Protest 'Gift'

Dr. Richard Smith, editor of the British Medical Journal, has resigned from his position as professor of medical journalism at the University of Nottingham to protest the institution's links with British American Tobacco.