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CAUT Bulletin Archives

May 2005

Bishop's Faculty Vote No Confidence in Principal

Faculty at Bishop's University passed a motion of no confidence in principal Robert Poupart last month.

CAUT Council Threatens Censure of UCN

Censure proceedings have been initiated regarding Manitoba's new University College of the North. Citing the failure of the Government of Manitoba and the interim board of governors of UCN to make provision for academic freedom, tenure or a proper senior academic governance body, CAUT Council voted unanimously at its April 29 meeting to impose censure at the November 2005 council meeting unless adequate progress is made to rectifying these omissions.

McMaster Policy Revisited

I think David Hitchcock ("CAUT Committee Calls for End to McMaster Policy," Bulletin, April 2005) erred in using his professional status on a letter to fellow constituents in the matter of an upcoming ward election. At the very least, I do not think the matter is quite so clear as the ad hoc investigatory committee report, authored by William Bruneau and Ted Hannah, would have us believe.

Poll: Public Supports More Money for Post-Secondary Education

Eight out of 10 Canadians believe the federal government should boost spending on post-secondary education, according to the latest national public opinion poll commissioned by CAUT.

Unsettling Influence of Corporate Power in our Universities

University governance requires more than academic staff input. It requires academic guidance. Imagine a senate devoid of faculty members and librarians. It could not function responsibly. It could not make academic decisions. We are the constituency competent to make judgments about the shape of our universities.

Committee of Inquiry at Acadia University

CAUT has appointed an ad hoc investigatory committee to review the denial of tenure to Eileen Hogan.

CAUT Welcomes New Affiliate

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine Faculty Association (NOSMFA) was welcomed into membership by CAUT Council in April.

Council Condemns Carleton President

The Carleton University administration was condemned by delegates attending last month's CAUT Council meeting for its heavy-handed treatment of student organizations.

Ottawa to Amend 2005 Budget

In an effort to save their struggling minority government, the Liberals announced changes in the federal budget last month to meet the New Democrats' demands for more spending on education, foreign aid and childcare.

Prizes Scooped in News Awards

CAUT handed out its annual awards for excellence in post-secondary education journalism for the fourth time last month following a nomination process that attracted a record 30 entries.

New Committee Takes Shape

The CAUT Executive has created a new committee to advise on issues involving clinical faculty.