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    Default Hiring Freeze at MacEwan University

    There's now a hiring freeze, effective immediately, on all academic and non-academic staff at MacEwan University until the details of the provincial budget are released.

    I presume this is in response to the comments made by the deputy premier in regard to Post Secondary Education.
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    This is just the tip of the iceberg.
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    EDMONTON - If provincial grants are frozen in this springís budget, the University of Alberta wonít be able to continue to offer its wide range of programs and courses, President Indira Samarasekera said Friday.

    On the provincial level, it may be time to consider reducing undergraduate spaces at research institutions such as the U of A while smaller universities take more bachelorís degree programs as part of new financial realities, she said.
    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/...995/story.html
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    President Samarasekera needs to shut the hell up for once. I agree 100% with institutions preparing students and research that serves the needs of the country funding them. Why do we need to research the lost forgotten art of hand basket weaving of the island of Samoa from the mid 12th century (note the exaggeration). Canadian institutions have been left to their own devices for far too long and a national education strategy/department is necessary. The province of Ontario alone had more than 60,000 qualified teachers not teaching, yet they continue to graduate 9,000 new teachers annually. Canadian universities should focus on the needs of the city, province and country that they serve... Not their own selfish endeavors. They are public institutions after all.

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    ^ Post secondary institutions are businesses after all. They are in the business of making money. They have no concern whatsoever if 9,000 teachers, plumbers, or lawyers etc. are sitting at home. Sad but reality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill View Post
    ^ Post secondary institutions are businesses after all. They are in the business of making money. They have no concern whatsoever if 9,000 teachers, plumbers, or lawyers etc. are sitting at home. Sad but reality.
    Business funded by my tax dollars. I totally support governments taking more control over post secondary education. As noted, we need a national education strategy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by etownboarder View Post
    President Samarasekera needs to shut the hell up for once. I agree 100% with institutions preparing students and research that serves the needs of the country funding them. Why do we need to research the lost forgotten art of hand basket weaving of the island of Samoa from the mid 12th century (note the exaggeration). Canadian institutions have been left to their own devices for far too long and a national education strategy/department is necessary. The province of Ontario alone had more than 60,000 qualified teachers not teaching, yet they continue to graduate 9,000 new teachers annually. Canadian universities should focus on the needs of the city, province and country that they serve... Not their own selfish endeavors. They are public institutions after all.
    I agree with the UA president remarks.

    But! The other extreme is to have the universities researching "locally relevant topics" such as the optimization of a Tim Horton's drive through. In that case, Alberta will be the clear winner in an academic gong show (with 2nd place going to some place like Iraq?). And trust me, it's moving continually moving in that direction.

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    There is too much concentration on public post-secondary schools in Canada, and the private sector is getting ignored.

    I think governments (Provincial and Federal) need to do more for Canada's private institutions. Most of them are schools that teach employable skills for jobs like truck driving, EMS, admin support staff, computer multimedia, etc., and unlike public institutes, they need to annually report their job placement rates of their graduates (need to be >80%), demonstrate industry need for their program, and even get audited for student attendance.

    And all of these schools are continually creating skilled jobs, producing employable graduates, and competing against the huge public post-secondary system we have, all without any help from the government.

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    The message being passed to faculty is the worse case scenario is this:

    - the previously promised 2% funding increase will not happen
    - the current budget cut by 5%
    - no filling of existing vacancies
    - cutting of programs
    - possibility of a programs having to prove 'employability' of graduates.
    - tuition increases

    Please note, at present there is just a hiring freeze, however faculty are apparently being braced for the worst. :/
    Last edited by Paul Turnbull; 14-02-2013 at 09:02 AM. Reason: added tuition

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