OCUFA is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Academic Matters, OCUFA’s flagship journal of higher education, is now available online. Titled “The War on Knowledge,” the magazine examines attempts to muzzle scientists and academic librarians in Ontario, cuts to important data sources, and how over-exuberance for certain technological tools threatens the public university.
Featured articles include:
- Carol Linnitt on the Harper Government’s attempts to muzzle federal scientists and shut down climate change research
- Myron Groover examines the stifling new Code of Conduct at Library and Archives Canada.
- Former Chief Statistician of Canada Munir A. Sheikh looks at how the cancellation of the long-form census will affect our ability to make informed public policy decisions.
- Felice Martinello laments the loss of the University and College Academic Staff System (UCASS) database, a trusted source of salary data used by both university administrators and faculty associations in collective bargaining.
- Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ann Cavoukian— whose office exists in part to defend access to information and knowledge— calls for public organizations to release information as a matter of course, not just by request, in order to improve accountability and transparency.
- Aaron Bady looks at how the hype behind Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) obscures a push to undermine the public goods of universities and privatize higher education.
Please share these articles with your colleagues, and be sure to visit Academic Matters to share your thoughts and comments.