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CAUT Bulletin Archives

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Tuition fees on the rise

The latest Statistics Canada numbers on tuition fees shows students are paying 3.2 per cent more on average for post-secondary education in 2015–2016. According to a recent public opinion survey, Canadians rank tuition fee reductions as the top priority for government investment in education.

CAUT releases data for librarians

CAUT has compiled data from its Librarian Salary and Academic Status Survey and released the results to its member associations. Data from the survey provides critical support for negotiating teams bargaining new collective agreements.

Collective agreement at Laval transforms the way service is recognized

Academic staff at Laval University have ensured closer attention is paid to their share of service work during tenure and promotion appraisals.

UBC launches academic freedom investigation

The University of British Columbia administration has launched a fact-finding investigation into whether professor Jennifer Berdahl’s academic freedom was violated.

Petition calls for transparency in Brock presidential search

Brock University Faculty Association has launched an online petition in support of an open search process for the university’s next president.

C-51 is just the beginning

An interim report on security threats facing Canada released earlier this year by the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence proposes a series of controversial anti-terrorism measures that could have serious implications for academic staff.

Academics pressing for change in science policy

It will take a decade to undo the harm the federal government has done to science and environmental policy in Canada, says David Schindler, one of the world’s leading authorities on freshwater and marine ecosystems.

Now’s the time to take it back

Fall can be a magical time for many of us. A new academic year brings the potential for fresh starts, for making changes, for moving ahead. The whole campus is energized and primed for discoveries. Faculty, staff and students reconnect with familiar faces and make new acquaintances.

Breaking the silence

Critics say that rape culture is growing on our campuses, as it is in the rest of society, and that if university authorities really want to stem the tide it’s high time they stop the avoidance behavior and speak openly about it.

Agent of change

To many people in British Columbia, Cindy Oliver is a symbol of union activism. She fought long and hard to make education better, and to improve working conditions for academic staff.

Not happy with politics?

Do you want to use your smartphone to direct a message to Stephen Harper, Tom Mulcair or Justin Trudeau? Or maybe send SMS and text messages to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne or Toronto Mayor John Tory? There’s an app for that.

Queen B gets her own university course

This fall, drama professor Naila Keleta-Mae will shake up the critical minds of University of Waterloo undergraduates with a course on pop culture diva, Beyoncé. Similar courses focusing on Beyoncé have already appeared on other campuses.

Universities in the followup of reconciliation

In the wake of the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Universities Canada has adopted a set of principles to close the education gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

Helping men fight depression

The Men’s Depression and Suicide Network along with the Movember Foundation and the University of British Columbia have partnered to launch a new website to help men manage and fight depression.

A hand is priceless

Driven by a mission to democratize access to upper-limb prostheses around the world, a team of dedicated individuals ranging from high school students to engineers based at the University of Victoria have launched the Victoria Hand Project.

uToronto shuts down anti-vaccine class … at least for now

The University of Toronto has pulled the plug on a controversial fourth-year anti-vaccine course taught by homeopath Beth Landau-Halpern as part of the health studies program in the department of anthropology at the university’s Scarborough campus. The administration did not con­firm the reasoning behind the course’s cancellation.

Q&A Forum

Content aggregators such as OneClass and Course Hero are companies whose business consists largely of selling university and college students material related to specific courses.

uAlberta prof develops celiac supplement

An associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Alberta is offering hope to people who suffer from celiac disease and gluten intolerance.

St. Francis Xavier student wins Stewart Reid Fellowship

Graduate student Ingrid Robinson has won CAUT’s annual J.H. Stewart Reid Memorial Fellowship to continue work on her PhD in Educa­tional Studies at St. Francis Xavier University this fall.

Maclean’s survey revised for 2015

Every year, Maclean’s surveys the opinions of high school guidance counsellors, university officials and heads of organizations, as well as CEOs and recruiters at corporations across the country, asking for their views on quality and innovation at Canadian universities.