Topic: Universities and the academic mission

Universities must open their archives and share their oppressive pasts

The archives of academic institutions can tell previously untold stories of eugenics. Universities can begin to undo oppressive legacies by opening them […]

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Universities should stand up for integrity and public trust in university teaching

Controversy erupted after a lecturer at the University of Alberta posted on Facebook in November that the Holomodor is a “myth.” Canada […]

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University strikes in the UK: Why they’re happening and what you need to know

shutterstock/Ray Morgan Eight days of strike action announced by academics will run November 25 until December 4. After that, industrial action will […]

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The corporatization of the university budget and its consequences for academic support workers

By Janice Folk-Dawson

As governments and administrators increasingly run universities like private corporations, academic support workers find their working conditions deteriorating and their jobs threatened. […]

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Universities don’t control the labour market: we shouldn’t fund them like they do

Some people are more employable than others. from shutterstock.com From 2020, universities will receive a certain amount of government funding based on […]

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The problem with the push for more degrees

RIDTHISING/Shutterstock.com In a 2009 speech, President Barack Obama proclaimed that by 2020, the United States will “once again have the highest proportion […]

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The ‘slow professor’ could bring back creativity to our universities

Creative, social and family life should not be banished from the knowledge economy. (Shutterstock) Last summer, a friend gave me a copy […]

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Le « slow professor » ou comment retrouver la créativité dans nos universités

Il est temps de pratiquer une certaine dissidence au sein même de l’université. shutterstock L’été dernier, une amie m’a remis le livre […]

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Shifting priorities in the new university

By Thomas Klassen, York University

The image of universities composed of mostly full-time tenured professors is long out-of-date. Half of all undergraduate students in Canada, as in […]

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Editorial Matters: A time for action

By Ben Lewis

Ontario’s universities are built on models of scholarship developed in the United Kingdom and western Europe. Founded by and for European settlers, […]

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