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CAUT Bulletin Archives

June 2011

Federal Budget Disappointing for Post-secondary Education

The first budget of the new Conservative majority in the House of Commons received a critical response from the orga­nization representing Canada’s post-secondary academic staff.

NSERC evaluation procedures troubling

The implications of NSERC’s new evaluation procedures for smaller universities are deeply troubling. As Paul Sanborn points out (Letters, Bulletin, May 2011) NSERC’s increased emphasis on highly qualified personnel (HQP) lies at the heart of our concerns.

Wise Up to the Modern World

To succeed in the 21st century, gra­duates will need much more than a narrow range of skills offered by an outdated academy.

Copyright Law Must Strike a Proper Balance

CAUT's new president was elected at the association’s Council meeting in May, after having served as vice-president for the past three years and as a delegate to Council for four years before that.

Maureen Shaw Recognized for Advocacy

Maureen Shaw, a vice-president of the Kwantlen Faculty Association and former president of BC’s Federation of Post-secondary Educators (FPSE), was presented with CAUT’s Sarah Shorten Award for her many contributions to the advancement of women in post-secondary education.

William Bruneau Wins CAUT’s Milner Award

William Bruneau, professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia, has been awarded the Milner Memorial Award by CAUT Council. He earned the award for his wide-ranging and significant contributions to the cause of academic freedom.

Deemed Hours Need to Reflect Total Work

CAUT has released a bargaining advisory on hours of insurable employment for contract academic staff.

Grant Success Rates Disappoint

There’s disappointment in Ca­na­da’s research community after the latest announcement of grant awards from the federal government’s research funding agencies.

Journalists from Globe & Mail, Manitoban Win CAUT Awards

Reporters from the Globe and Mail and the Manitoban are the 2011 recipients of CAUT’s Excellence in Post-secondary Education Journalism awards. The awards were presented during CAUT’s council meeting in Ottawa.

Compressed Courses Shortchange Students

Many universities offer compressed courses, generally to appeal to a broader range of students or to benefit from the brief availability of resource people other than regular faculty.

York University

In 1955 a group of Toronto professionals began discussions on expanding adult education in their city. The outcome was York University, which opened in 1960 with 76 students.

Christian Faith and Scholarship

In the 21st century, religious faith has re-emerged from the margins of modernism and moved back to the center of contemporary scholarly conversations.

The Black Academic’s Guide to Winning Tenure

For an African American scholar, who may be the lone minority in a department, navigating the tenure minefield can be a particularly harrowing process.

Al-Qaeda Goes to College

Even before the disastrous events of Sept. 11, 2001, Canadian university faculty members and administrators had occasionally expressed concern about the potential for campus-aimed or campus-based assaults of a physical or intellectual nature.

How Should Research Be Organised?

This book gives a distinctively British perspective on the challenges of administering and facilitating research output, focusing on the research assessment exercise (RAE) used in the UK for more than two decades.