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CAUT Bulletin Archives

April 2003

Most Canadians Say High Fees Block Access

A poll released this month by CAUT strongly suggests Canadians are worried that rising tuition fees are preventing qualified high school graduates from getting a university or college education.

Part-Timers Join New Bargaining Unit at Algoma

Algoma's part-time faculty and sessional instructors have voted unanimously to join the Algoma University College Faculty Association as a separate bargaining unit.

Palestinian Schools Closed 'Legally'

In the message from the president in the February edition of the Bulletin "CAUT Issues Statement on Closure of Palestinian Universities," Victor Catano speaks of the "punitive closures of schools ... as reprisal for terrorist incidents elsewhere."

Associate Rank Redundant

Thanks to professor John Jeffries Martin for articulating what many of us knew all along - that the academic rank of associate professor is redundant and should be abolished (Commentary, Bulletin, March 2003).

Ontario Gives Too Little, Too Late

In a highly controversial setting, Ontario's Progressive Conservative government delivered a pre-election budget on March 27.

Tenure Protects Academic Freedom, Essential to Democratic Society

The other evening I was at a dinner with a group of academics and non-academic professionals when the subject turned to tenure. I wasn't surprised by the opposition to tenure expressed by the non-academics, as there is always some resentment that any one group should enjoy particular protection. I was, however, caught off guard by a few of the academics who professed to see no value in tenure and saw it simply as protection for some of their colleagues who they thought should be fired for incompetence or lack of productivity. They saw tenure as making it difficult to get rid of these people. Tenure is something we seem to have taken for granted and have lost sight of its purpose and value. While tenure does afford job security, it goes beyond that in providing the protection that academics need to play their role in the university and in society.

Egyptian Court Acquits Prof. Saad Eddin Ibrahim

A court in Egypt has acquitted a prominent university professor of a series of charges, in a ruling campaigners for democracy and human rights issues are hailing as a victory.

Libraries Stuck Between RoweCom, Publishers Recouping Losses

The financial collapse of a major periodical subscription service earlier this year could cost university and college libraries in Canada and the United States millions of dollars in prepaid subscription orders.

Newfoundland Budget Reduces Tuition Fees for Undergrads

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador brought in what many are describing as a pre-election budget on March 27.

Faculty Ask Human Rights Agency for CRC Program Inquiry

Eight faculty members are asking the Canadian Human Rights Commission to conduct a special inquiry into allegations the Canada Research Chairs program discriminates against academics who are members of the protected groups set out in the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Income Tax Changes for 2002

There were very few income tax changes proposed in the Dec. 10, 2001 federal budget. However, on Dec. 20, 2002, the Department of Finance released a sizable quantity of draft legislation effective for the 2002 taxation year.

Libraries & Bookstores Call for Amendments to U.S. Patriot Act

An alliance of organizations representing booksellers, librarians, academics and journalists, led by the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression welcomed the introduction in March of federal legislation that would remove a threat to the privacy of bookstore customers and library patrons created by the U.S. Patriot Act.

National Security Law Sparks Concern

CAUT has joined a large number of organizations questioning the federal government's proposed security legislation - Bill C-17, the Public Security Act.

UN Body Slams B.C. for Labour Violations

The United Nations agency charged with monitoring and upholding international labour standards has blasted the government of British Columbia for violating basic labour rights.

The Art of Humane Education

In The Art of Humane Education, Donald Phillip Verene presents a new statement of the classical and humanist ideals that he believes should guide education in the liberal arts and sciences

The University: International Expectations

The expectations that society places on higher education are remarkably consistent between nations and the problems and issues faced by college and university leaders are quite similar worldwide

Dissent in the Heartland: The Sixties at Indiana University

This grassroots view of student activism in the 1960s chronicles the years of protest at one Midwestern American university

A Liberal Education Worthwhile, Worth Protecting

As the end of a teaching term approaches, and grant proposal season in most fields is not yet upon us, faculty members could make no wiser choice for a reading break than Paul Axelrod's brief, but stimulating survey of the history, present situation and possible future of liberal education in Canada. Nor is this study useful only for those who work in the humanities, arts or social sciences. It is important reading for anyone who cares about colleges and universities in this country.

Queen's Faculty Speak Out Against Deregulation

Due to the intense lobbying efforts of Principal William Leggett, Queen's University is often seen as leading the charge to establish a two-tiered education system in Canada.