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CAUT Bulletin Archives

November 2010

Investigation Faults Waterloo & Laurier

An investigation has found that the Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier unjustly fired the director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs after he objected to inappropriate pressure by the school’s principal private partner, the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

A Precious Symbiosis

A teacher’s vocation should be a qualification for a grant or a job in research. And when researchers publish their results, they should think of their task as teaching in print.

Opportunity Lost for Aboriginal Learners

On Sept. 19 about 100 Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg community members and other supporters, including the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, kicked off an “education awareness” walk from their homes near Maniwaki, Que, to Ottawa. The group walked 150 kilometres to march to Parliament Hill for a rally event highlighting the ongoing crisis in First Nations education.

Grants program fair

In response to the article “NSERC Discovery Grants Spiral Downward” (Bulletin, October 2010), I would like to address some of the concerns raised about success rates and correct a few factual errors.

Grants program fair: CAUT replies

The reality is the overall success rate of the Discovery Grants Program has dropped at an alarming rate. The charge to the inter­national review committee was precisely to assess whether the relatively high success rate in DGP competitions (70 per cent in 2007) at the time was justified.

A specious spin

We were intrigued by Thomas Tiedje’s commentary “Is your ranking holding you down?” (Bulletin, October 2010). It is worthwhile stating at the outset that our view is not the same as Disraeli’s/Twain’s: “Lies, damned lies and statistics.” We believe data and statistics should form the basis of decision making whenever possible.

Visible minority, ethnicity distinct

I read with admiration the CAUT Almanac included with the September edition of the Bulletin. But I was disappointed when looking over the Almanac figures summarizing academic staff by visible minority and ethno-cultural background.

Visible minority, ethnicity distinct: CAUT replies

It is correct that there are difficulties with the categories and terminology used in the cited table and figure. Unfor­tunately we are hampered by the categories that Statistics Canada has constructed to sort and collect the data in the first instance.

Probe Questions International Recruitment

An investigative report by Globe and Mail reporters Mark Mac­Kinnon and Rod Mickleburgh is raising concerns about Canadian universities’ ties to international student recruitment agencies.

UWO, Faculty Reach Tentative Agreement

The University of Western On­tario Faculty Association has reached a tentative contract with the university administration. Details of the new agreement have been withheld until ratified by union members.

New Federal Panel Tasked to Improve Business Investment in R&D

The federal government has announced the creation of an advisory panel to make recommendations on how to improve business investment in research and development in Canada, after a report by the Council of Canadian Academies found investment persistently lags despite more than $billion of government support each year.

Ontario Universities: ‘Do More with Less’

The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario is calling for greater differentiation among Ontario’s universities to achieve higher global rankings and greater efficiencies in education delivery.

Canadian Mennonite U. Added to Faith Test List

Canadian Mennonite Univer­sity in Winnipeg has been added to CAUT’s list of universities and colleges that have a faith or ideological test as a condition of employment.

Orwell: A Life in Letters

Today, 60 years on from his death, Orwell remains a fundamentally important literary and political figure. His politics combined well with his fiction and his nonfiction, and his name is widely used to describe a certain kind of politics.

Enquête : Waterloo et Laurier prises en défaut

Un comité d’enquête a conclu que le directeur de la Balsillie School of International Affairs avait été licencié injustement par l’Université de Waterloo et l’Université Wilfrid-Laurier pour s’être élevé contre les pressions indues exercées par le principal partenaire privé de l’école.

Les apprenants autochtones privés de soutien financier

Partis de Maniwaki (Québec), quelque 100 membres de la communauté de Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg et de sympathisants, accompagnés par le chef national de l’Assemblée des Premières Nations, sont arrivés à Ottawa après avoir parcouru à pied 150 kilomètres.

La CMU impose bel et bien un test de foi

L'ACPPU vient d’ajouter la Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) de Winnipeg à sa liste des universités et collèges qui imposent, comme condition d’embauche, l’obligation de subir un test d’obédience idéologique ou de foi.

Ottawa nomme un nouveau groupe d’experts en R-D

Après qu’un rapport du Conseil des académies canadiennes (CAC) eut mis en évidence le retard persistant des investissements en recherche-développement, le gouvernement fédéral a annoncé la création d’un groupe consultatif chargé de recommander des façons d’améliorer les investissements des entreprises en R-D au Canada.

Les universités ontariennes : « Faire plus avec moins »

Le Conseil ontarien de la qualité de l’enseignement supérieur (COQES) appelle à une plus grande différenciation au sein du secteur universitaire onta­rien pour permettre aux éta­blissements de progresser dans le classement général et d’offrir des services éducatifs encore plus efficaces.

Remise en cause du recrutement international

Une enquête-reportage réalisée par deux journalistes du Globe and Mail soulève des inquiétudes sur les liens que les universités canadiennes entretiennent avec les agences de recrutement d’étudiants étrangers.