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CAUT Bulletin Archives

March 2014

Controversial Ontario report says teaching loads should be higher

A controversial new report is claiming that just under 20 per cent of faculty in Ontario are not “research active” and should have their teaching loads doubled.

BC budget fails to deliver post-secondary education investment

BC’s Finance Minister Mike de Jong may have characterized his recent budget as “boring, balanced,” and “the right plan for British Columbia,” but critics are slamming it as a wrong and misguided plan for post-secondary education in the province.

Alternative budget reflects alternative politics

Just prior to the 2014 federal budget, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives unveiled its own alternative federal budget. For almost 20 years, CCPA has been producing an annual fiscal strategy to show what could be done if the federal government chose to deal with Canada’s biggest social, economic and environmental issues.

King’s lifts ban on professor, CAUT will not impose censure

The principal of King’s University College in London, Ontario, has lifted the ban he’d imposed on professor Ken Luckhardt. In response, CAUT has announced it will not be proceeding with censure of the school’s administration.

CAUT panel member announced for nanotech standards

CAUT’s health and safety officer, Laura Lozanski, has been included in a new group being set up to develop safety standards for nanomaterials.

Arbitration to settle issues as Mount Allison strike ends

A three-week strike by members of the Mount Allison Faculty Association has ended, with key unresolved issues going to arbitration.

BC institutions get funding help for English language programs

The BC government is providing one-time transition funding of $10.5 million to help post-secondary institutions adjust to major changes in how the federal government funds English language training (ELT) programs in the province.

Professors & students occupy Western’s birthday hashtag

Western University assistant profes­sor Warren Steele is fed up with being taken for granted and exploited. And on Friday March 7, the contract academic staffer decided to tweet about it.

Quebec’s budget has pros for education, but it’s all moot

The ink was barely dry on Quebec’s 2014 budget announcement — seen by many as generally positive for post-secondary education in the province — before Premier Pauline Ma­rois announced a snap election, rendering the document moot.

Alwyn Berland, 1920–2014

Alwyn Berland, longtime academic freedom advocate and a former executive secretary of CAUT, passed away March 1, 2014, at age 93.

Zombies in the academy

Diagnoses of a malaise within higher education are nothing new. Over the past three decades, many titles have charted the fragile health of a system under stress, a system perhaps experiencing an existential crisis.

Connected science

Connected Science presents a new approach to college science education for the 21st century. This interdisciplinary approach stresses integrative learning and pedagogies that engage students through open-ended inquiry.

Sanctioned ignorance

Canada enjoys a rich diversity of literatures. So, why does “Canadian Literature,” as it has been taught, fail to encompass a common geography, history, and government, yet reveal the diverse experiences of its immigrants, long-term residents, and original peoples?

Philosophy’s role in counseling and psychotherapy

Peter Raabe argues that philosophy is an effective method in treating mental illness. Calling for a paradigm shift away from the standard belief that the brain and mind are identical Raabe argues that so-called “mental illnesses” are just labels for symptoms.

Moving forward, giving back

Aboriginal people who choose to improve their education as adults often face many challenges, most of which arise from the on-going impact of colonialism and of racialized poverty.