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CAUT Bulletin Archives

September 2009

A Bleak Outlook for Students

Students continue to be among those hardest hit by the recession, facing re­cord un­em­ployment rates, rising tuition fees in Ca­na­da’s six largest provinces and cuts to student assistance.

Ill-founded claims

The Heinz Klatt’s letter “No apartheid in Palestine” (Bulletin, May 2009) is shocking. Some of his statements are so ill-founded as to leave one wondering where to begin.

Strengthening Involvement of Contract Academic Staff

CAUT and its member associations can be justifiably proud of having virtually completed the job of organizing Canada’s academic staff, whether tenured or contract on a full or part-time basis.

Surging Demand for Education Creating Global Concern

Privatization, diversification and casualization are the global trends in higher education, according to speakers at the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education earlier this summer in Paris.

Canadian MDs Call for Ban on Asbestos Use & Exports

Canadian doctors have called for the federal government to end its support for the asbestos industry. The use or import of asbestos has been banned in most developed countries.

Inquiry to Examine Israel-Palestine Conference

CAUT has announced a commis­sion of inquiry into events surrounding a controversial conference this summer on paths to peace in the Middle East.

The Evolution of American Women’s Studies

This book offers reflections by well-known women’s studies scholars, tracing their diverse experiences in the classroom and in the university over a 40-year span.

Doctoral Education and the Faculty of the Future

American colleges and universities simultaneously face large numbers of faculty retirements and expanding enrollments. Budget constraints have led colleges and universities to substitute part-time and full-time non-tenure-track faculty for tenure-track faculty.

Much to Learn from US Study

This is a lucid and concise account of the evolution of the idea and practice of academic freedom in the United States over the last century. The book is grounded on the seminal statements on academic freedom of the Ame­­rican Association of University Professors.

The Politics of Engagement

This book belongs to that species of reflection on the state of the university found most commonly among retired university presidents, whose experience, they intuit, makes them experts on the broader ideological, philosophical and moral questions facing tertiary education.

Acadia University Agrees to Resolve Wightman Case through Arbitration

With the assistance of a mediator, Acadia Uni­ver­sity and CAUT reached an agreement in the case of a professor — whose termination by Acadia had prompted CAUT to start censure proceedings against the university.

CAUT Budget Brief

CAUT is calling on the federal government’s 2010 budget to increase funding for the three granting councils and for better accessibility to post-secondary education.

CAUT Releases Peer Review Q&A Brochure

What is Fair? Q&A on Procedures and Standards in Peer Review: A free guide to serving on peer review committees is now available to academic staff. It was developed by CAUT’s AF&T Committee.

Carleton Student Wins Reid Fellowship

A doctoral student in sociology at Carleton University has been awarded CAUT’s Stewart Reid fellowship.

Measuring the Unmeasurable

Assessment and impact: these are the new watchwords in higher education. We have assessment indicators in the social sciences, the physical sciences and our business and law schools, which ask: “What does this research do? What footprint does it leave? Are its benefits worth the costs?”

Freedom of Inquiry Seems Always in Jeopardy

A conference last year “Free Inquiry at Risk: Universities in Dangerous Times” commemorated the 75th anniversary of the founding of the University in Exile at the New School for Social Research in New York. During the conference it became clear that the risks did not come exclusively from the usual suspects.

Sombres perspectives pour la population étudiante

Aux prises avec un taux de chômage record, une augmentation des droits de scolarité dans les six plus grandes provinces et une diminution du soutien financier, les étudiants demeurent parmi les membres de la société les plus durement touchés par la récession.

L’explosion de la demande

La privatisation, la diversification et la précarisation sont trois tendances qui bouleversent actuellement le secteur de l’éducation supé­rieure à l’échelle mondiale. Voilà le constat qu’ont dressé les interve­nants à la Conférence mondiale de l’UNESCO sur l’enseignement supérieur qui s’est tenue cet été à Paris.

Les médecins réclament l’interdiction de l’amiante

Les médecins du Canada appellent le gouvernement fédéral à abandonner son soutien à l’indus­trie de l’amiante.

Une conférence Israël-Palestine fait l’objet d’une commission d’enquête

L'ACPPU a annoncé la création d’une commission d’enquête sur les événements entourant la te­nue d’une conférence con­troversée sur les moyes de progresser vers la paix au Moyen-Orient.