Summer reading from Academic Matters

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Laurentian University insolvency reflects a structural crisis in Ontario’s neoliberal university system
By David Leadbeater
“On February 1 the Laurentian University president and board got what they wanted from Ontario Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz: “This Court orders and declares that the Applicant [Laurentian] is insolvent and is a company to which the CCAA applies.” The CCAA—Companies’ Creditors Arrangement…”

When the Government comes for you, you better have academic freedom
By Marc Spooner, University of Regina
“Every so often, academic freedom makes the news. When this happens, it is usually because a violation so egregious took place that its immediate impact is of concern to the broader community. However, many attacks on academic freedom happen in the dark, with malicious intent…”

How the pandemic changed my approach to humanities research and scholarship: A personal reflection
By Ruth Panofsky, Ryerson University
“Now that I am sufficiently removed from the dire doomsday feelings of March 2020, when COVID-19 first took hold and I was in the grip of pandemic panic and paralysis, I feel called to reflect on recent scholarly strain. Today, as I review my…”

Campus free speech: Does it extend to what students say online?
By Dino Sossi, University of Toronto
“Professors fiercely champion free speech. Many believe that unfiltered, even offensive, expression is fundamental to post-secondary academic life. But what about their students? Should student social media posts be punishable, even if they are made off-campus? This emerging issue in the perpetual battle…”

Online learning has changed the way students work — we need to change definitions of ‘cheating’ too
By Linda Rowan, Massey University and Fiona Murray, Massey University
“As university students wait on their mid-year exam results, some will no doubt be thinking about more than just passing. Since COVID-19 pushed teaching and testing online last year, the issue of cheating has come into sharper focus. Recent reports of University of…”

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