New articles from Academic Matters for January, 2020

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There is more to Academic Matters than just the print issue. New articles are being added to the Academic Matters website every week. Here are some recent articles you might find interesting:

Universities must open their archives and share their oppressive pasts
By Evadne Kelly, University of Guelph and Carla Rice, University of Guelph
“For the first time, a Canadian university — the University of Guelph — is reconciling with its history of teaching eugenics. Few universities in Canada have looked closely at their historical involvement in oppressive research, teaching and practice. Fewer still have made their archives accessible. Through the …”

Universities should stand up for integrity and public trust in university teaching
By Jay Wilson, University of Saskatchewan and Nadia Prokopchuk, University of Saskatchewan
“Recent events at the University of Alberta called into question expectations for those who teach in universities. The university’s student journalism society, The Gateway, reported Nov. 27 that an assistant lecturer, Dougal MacDonald, “made a Facebook post on November 20 … where he said the …”

Should university and college funding be tied to how many students graduate?
By Denisa Gandara, Southern Methodist University
“How many states have adopted performance-based funding and what is the appeal? At least 30 states are using some version of performance-based funding for colleges and universities. Although these policies are widespread, most performance-based models only link a very small portion of …”

The mental health crisis on campus and how universities and colleges can fix it
By Marty Swanbrow Becker, Florida State University
“When college students seek help for a mental health issue on campus – something they are doing more often – the place they usually go is the college counseling center. But while the stigma of seeking mental health support has gone down, it has created a new …”

Legal win doesn’t mean Ontario student associations are in the clear
By David Said, University of Guelph
“The Ontario government’s so-called Student Choice Initiative was recently declared unlawful following a court challenge launched by the Canadian Federation of Students and the York Federation of Students. The Ontario Divisional Court’s decision voids the government’s requirement that post-secondary institutions …”

Women in engineering: Barriers remain 30 years after École Polytechnique shooting
By Wendy Cukier, Ryerson University
“The 30th anniversary of the Montréal Massacre is an opportunity to reflect on what has changed after three decades of advocacy on violence against women, on gun control and on women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Three years after the massacre, the Canadian …”

Ontario’s high school e-learning still hasn’t addressed students with special needs
By Pam Millett, York University
“Among the issues for Ontario secondary public school teachers who walked off the job for a one-day strike on Dec. 4 is quality of learning for students, including class sizes and mandatory online learning. For months Ontario families have been on tenterhooks about …”

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