Austerity and Ontario’s Universities: Finding a way forward

Austerity and Ontario’s Universities: Finding a way forward
Wednesday March 27, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. LIVE WEBCAST AT: http://tinyurl.com/TOtownhallwebcast  **
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With:

JOHN SHIELDS: Professor, Department of Politics & Public Administration, Ryerson University

FAIZ AHMED: Chair, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3903, York University

CAROLYN HIBBS: President, York University Graduate Students’ Association (YUGSA)

SARAH JAYNE KING: Chairperson,  Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario (CFS)

PAUL TSANG: President, United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1998, University of Toronto

CHARLES REEVE: President, Ontario College of Art and Design Faculty Association (OCADFA)

…and moderator, LUC TREMBLAY: VP of University & External Affairs, University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA)

Event Details:

“Government austerity”— the aggressive program of public sector cutbacks and belt-tightening that governments claim is the only cure for these “tough economic times”– has been frequently cited as the provincial policy responsible for the eroding quality and accessibility of higher education. But the reality is that public funding of higher education has been in decline for some time now, with serious implications for university faculty, students, staff and society in general. It’s an issue that affects all of us in different ways.

This event aims to bring together students, faculty and staff from Toronto’s four universities to discuss the issues, share their insights, and start working together towards solutions.

Discussion topics include:

  • Government austerity, alternatives to austerity, and the government’s disinvestment from funding higher education.
  • The financial situation of universities in Toronto and the impact of university administrations’ spending priorities on the quality and accessibility of higher education, and on staff, students and faculty.
  • The changing mission, role and workings of the university and its impact on the nature and quality of higher education, and its impact on educators, students, and society more generally.
  • The shift in financing of university operations from the government to students, and the immediate and long-term impacts this has on students, their families, and the broader community.
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