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CAUT Bulletin Archives

October 2011

CAUT Concerned about Proposed Research Misconduct Policy Changes

In its submission to a federal review of granting council policies on research integrity, CAUT has expressed concern for the absence of requirements that institutions uphold academic freedom and act in a manner consistent with collective agreements.

Too Much Information

In a previous existence, I chaired selection committees for research fellowships in all sorts of subjects about which I knew next to nothing. This wasn’t to improve my education but so that I could vouch for the integrity of the proceedings if a candidate challenged our fairness or open-mindedness.

Academic Librarians Are under Attack

This is not the first time the above headline appears in this forum. My predecessor, Penni Stewart, penned an article for the Bulletin with the same title in December 2009. While the headline was certainly true then, it is disturbingly more so today.

US Admission Decisions Distorted by Preference for ‘Revenue Students’

Admissions officials admit a “clash of values” is emerging on American campuses as recruiters increasingly skip over modest income applicants with higher grades in favor of weaker performing students who do not require financial aid or who can be charged higher tui­tion fees.

Barrick Slapped over SLAPP Suit

A Quebec court has ruled that Barrick Gold Corporation must pay three authors for its conduct in a defamation suit on a book criticizing Canadian mining practices in Africa.

Four-Year Deal Ratified at Western Ontario

It’s a done deal. A strike by librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario ended with an 84 per cent vote in favour of a new four-year agreement.

PSE Plans & Promises Emerge as Key Provincial Election Issue

Post-secondary education has emerged as an important issue in provincial elections across the country this fall. In Manitoba, the incumbent New Democratic Party kicked off its campaign with a promise to limit tuition fee increases to no more than the rate of inflation.

Saint-Boniface Now a University

Manitoba’s only French-language post-secondary institution, the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface, is no more. The school is now officially the Université de Saint-Boniface, or USB.

New Copyright Bill Gives, Takes Away

Amendments to Canadian copyright law tabled last month in Parliament will both benefit and hinder the work of educators.

SSHRC Faces Judicial Review of Appeals Process

A postdoctoral research fellow is asking the Federal Court of Canada to review the appeals policy of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Dalhousie Opts out of

Dalhousie University has announced it will not be renewing its contract with internet-based plagiarism detection service The university’s chief information officer cited privacy concerns over the protection of student information.

Appeal Court to Weigh in on UPEI’s Retirement Dispute

In a drawn-out battle over manda­tory retirement, the University of Prince Edward Island has been ordered to compensate three professors after they were forced into retirement.

Lessons Learned

One might expect Lessons Learned to be a long autobiographical tome given the accomplishments of its author, William Bowen. He is a labour economist who received his doctorate from Princeton in 1958 when he was just 25 years old.

The Last Professors

Frank Donoghue offers a startling bleak observation of the erosion of the professoriate in American universities with a specific focus on the humanities professor. He begins his tale by asserting that this is not a new phenomenon as many recent reports in the news media suggest.