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Academic Matters – OCUFA’s flagship journal of higher education – has added exciting new web content over the past few months.  New exclusives include commentary and analysis of program prioritization, predatory academic publishing, and a problematic new report on faculty workloads. New content includes: The University of Windsor’s Vice-President and Provost Leo Groarke on why program prioritization is a divisive process that doesn’t work for faculty or administrators . UOIT’s Gary Genosko [Read More…]

There are still spaces available for the “Feminist Transformative Leadership in the Academy” workshop, hosted by OCUFA’s Status of Women Committee (SWC). The workshop will be held on May 23 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. The workshop will feature a panel of female academic leaders who will facilitate break-out tables of participants over lunch [Read More…]

Do you know an exceptional university teacher or academic librarian? Be sure to nominate them for an OCUFA Teaching or Academic Librarianship Award by May 23, 2014. Since 1973, these awards have recognized individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the quality of Ontario’s universities. All members of an OCUFA-affiliate faculty association are eligible. Winners [Read More…]

The Government of Ontario recently introduced two pieces of legislation that may affect the provinces universities. Bill 151 has the potential to increase government access to university data, while Bill 179 extends ombudsman oversight over universities. Bill 151, the Strengthening and Improving Government Act, was introduced at the end of December. It has had one round [Read More…]

There has been a deluge of provincial budget-related news over the past few weeks. With all of the leaks, accusations, and revelations, it is difficult to know exactly what is going. Here at OCUFA, we’re working to separate the signal from the noise. The stakes are high with the upcoming budget, as it is widely expected [Read More…]

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) has released a piercing critique of Western’s budgeting practices . Titled “Every budget is a choice,” the report highlights how Western’s administration puts the accumulation of assets ahead of funding core activities, such as teaching. “Western is not poor,” said UWOFA president Alison Hearn. “The resources are there to support the university’s core mission of teaching [Read More…]

In Ontario, about half of salaries for sponsored research at universities is paid to “other instruction and research” staff. Little is known about them, but a survey of research professionals at Québec universities and affiliated research centres provides some insight. The survey was developed by several interested unions in the province. Of the one thousand-plus respondents, 43 per cent were [Read More…]

New data shows that average class sizes are on the rise at Ontario’s universities, threatening the quality of education received by students. Ontario needs to start hiring more full-time professors to address this problem. Data on average class size in Ontario universities are hard to find. Ever since the Interim Accountability Agreements between universities and the [Read More…]

New Statistics Canada research demonstrates that university graduates earn considerably more than their peers without a degree. The new report, An investment of a lifetime? The long-term labour market premiums associated with a postsecondary education , shows that university grads make up to 75 per cent more than those with high school only. The report tracks Census data from 1991 to 2010. Over the 20 year period, male university grads make on average $732,000 more [Read More…]