University Watch


(April 24, 1997, Gazette)

A sampling of university stories unfolding in Canada

President appointed for second term

BURNABY, B.C. -- Simon Fraser University's board of governors has voted unanimously in favor of appointing Dr. John Stubbs to a second five-year term as president of Simon Fraser. His new term will begin on Sept. 1, 1998, Simon Fraser News reported on April 3. The president's re-appointment follows what has been described as the "most exhaustive review of any senior official ever conducted at Simon Fraser University." A professor of history, Dr. Stubbs still teaches a senior undergraduate course, titled The Impact of the Great War, every spring. Dr. Stubbs holds earned degrees from the University of Toronto, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Oxford University.

Tuition will increase at Carleton

OTTAWA, ONT. -- On March 27 Carleton University's board of governors approved increases to student tuition fees for the academic year 1997-98. The decision follows an announcement in February by John Snobelen, Ontario's minister of education, who said that universities and colleges in Ontario have the option of increasing tuition by an average of 10 per cent; the maximum allowable increase in any single program is 20 per cent. Ontario universities that increase their fees must divert 30 per cent of the result revenue towards financial aid for students. Carleton is one of several Ontario universities opting for the increase. Carleton's president, Richard Van Loon, has said the university will probably increase tuition by the full 10 per cent.

"We don't relish having to increase fees at all, but have no choice," he told This Week at Carleton (March 31, 1997). "We will continue to press the government to increase its funding. The university sector needs more money, not from students, but from the government."

Strike continues at York

TORONTO, ONT. -- Faculty members in the York University Faculty Association (YUFA) are on strike in Toronto. A mediator broke off talks following an extended bargaining session with representatives of YUFA and York's administration on April 7, saying he was "of the view that the differences between them are incapable of resolution at this time." Negotiations between both parties have been going on for a year; the issues under discussion include salaries and retirement benefits. To date, four attempts at mediation have been unsuccessful, according to a strike bulletin posted at York University's home page on the World Wide Web.