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CAUT Bulletin Archives

June 2001

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.S.-based corporation, the right to grant academic degrees. The decision by Alberta created the first for-profit university in Canada. CAUT president Tom Booth wrote to Premier Ralph Klein and Learning Minister Lyle Oberg to express CAUT's opposition to this decision that may have far reaching implications because of obligations under Canada's trade agreements. Booth also noted that, contrary to the Alberta government assurances, there would be public subsidy of DeVry. CAUT has called on the Alberta government to reconsider its decision.