Topic: Funding

Subsidized privilege: The real scandal of American universities

By Neil McLaughlin, McMaster University

U.S. federal prosecutors have charged 50 people — 38 of them are parents — for allegedly being involved in fraud schemes to […]

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Healthy research ecosystem – healthy researchers? The researcher as an organism of focus within a ‘research ecosystem’

By Michelle L.A. Nelson and Ross Upshur

The academic research environment is changing and researchers report struggling to adapt in order to be successful. Funding shortfalls are perennial, but […]

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In Canada and US, fossil fuel divestment debates on campus spotlight the societal role of colleges and universities

As a new academic year begins after a summer of deadly heat waves, wildfires, droughts and floods, many college students and faculty are debating whether and how to get involved in climate politics. Climate advocacy has become well established on U.S. campuses over the past decade, in diverse forms. More than 600 colleges and universities have signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment. Schools are expanding interdisciplinary teaching and research in environmental studies, sustainability science and climate resilience, and investing in “greening” their campuses. And many activists on campuses around the country are participating in global campaigns like “Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice” and “Keep it in the Ground.”

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Editorial Matters: The slow erosion of public university funding

By Ben Lewis

Ontario’s public universities are vital institutions that deliver education to thousands of students, produce thought-provoking and groundbreaking research, and provide good jobs […]

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The case for publicly funded universities

By Graham Cox

Ontario’s universities are important public spaces that depend on robust public funding to thrive. When the structure of the funding model changes, […]

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It’s time to invest in a faculty renewal strategy for Ontario’s universities

By Gyllian Phillips

For years, full-time faculty hiring has stagnated at Ontario’s universities, even as student enrolment has increased dramatically. It’s time for the government […]

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What might the 2018 Ontario Budget mean for university faculty?

Given the upcoming election, it is widely understood that the 2018 Ontario Budget is as much a campaign platform document as a […]

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Looking at the big picture: A breakdown of university funding in Ontario through the decades

University revenues by student and government funding sources Ontario student fees have accounted for a greater share of current university revenues (primarily […]

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The public value of public funding for research

By Jeff Noonan

Basic, curiosity-driven research continues to take a backseat to privately and publicly funded research linked to short-term commercial profit. We must push […]

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University funding debates should be broadened to reflect their democratic purpose

In 2017, Murdoch University successfully applied to the Fair Work Commission to terminate its Enterprise Agreement. From the National Tertiary Education Union’s […]

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