CEGEP professors receive 5% raise in tentative agreement – 20,000 professors from Quebec’s CEGEPs will receive salary raises of nearly 5% on average in a new tentative agreement reached with the province, reports La Presse. This gain concluded negotiations last Sunday between QC and the Alliance of Professors and College Teachers. La Presse also reports that these negotiations were focused primarily on working conditions and not salaries, but the province offered the salary concession as a means to introduce consistency across pay scales between CEGEP instructors and primary/secondary school teachers. Because the job class for CEGEP instructors was considered a “mixed” category in prior negotiations, it had not before been evaluated with respect to pay equity, which attempts to account for differences in gender between primary/secondary schools teachers and CEGEP professors. La Presse
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Universities Canada responds to Maclean’s article on colleges – A recent piece published by Maclean’s arguing that Canadians are increasingly choosing college over university was “short on data and big on tired myths,” according to Paul Davidson, President and CEO of Universities Canada. Davidson goes on to argue that 92% of Canadians believe that investments should be made in colleges, university, and polytechnics, not in choosing between them. He says that between mid-2008 and mid-2015, roughly twice as many new jobs were created for university graduates as for college and trades graduates combined. “Through a growing number of partnerships with colleges and polytechnics, universities are providing students with unlimited pathways to achieve their education and career goals,” he concludes. Universities Canada
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PIPSC_IPFPC @PIPSC_IPFPC 48 sil y a 49 secondes – Les nouvelles «règles du jeu» dans la #fonctionpublique via @lp_lapresse http://www.lapresse.ca/le-droit/politique/fonction-publique/201512/08/01-4929119-les-nouvelles-regles-du-jeu-dans-la-fonction-publique.php … #intégrité #polcan #respect
FTQ @FTQnouvelles 53 sil y a 53 secondes – Secteur public: 400 000 membres du #Frontcommun en grève nationale #Avecnous @SISPQC @laCSN http://ftq.qc.ca/communiques/secteur-public-400-000-membres-du-front-commun-en-greve-nationale/ …
EU copyright reform: time to walk the talk! League of European Research Universities http://www.leru.org/index.php/public/news/eu-copyright-reform-time-to
Just 21% of US parents think PSE is worth the price – According to two recent surveys, just 21% of parents of prospective college students in the US believe that the cost of a four-year degree is worth “the value it delivers.” For high school guidance counselors, the figure was nearly twice as high, as 37% “strongly agreed” that the cost was worth the value. The surveys were conducted in October and are based on results from 539 parents and 235 counselors. The concern, according to the researchers, arises not from a declining value in the PSE degree, but rather the rising cost. “We know from talking to parents and high school counselors that the takeaway isn’t that they don’t believe in the value of a college degree—they’re really concerned about the high sticker price,” said a firm conducting one of the surveys. Campus Technology
KeepGunsOffCampus @KeepGunsoffCamp 2 minil y a 2 minutes – .@BristolsBlog (Palin) agrees with Falwell that students should be armed http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bristol-palin-liberty-guns_566711e8e4b079b281902c6b … #FalwellFail #KeepGunsoffCampus #UniteBlue
CBC – NSCAD approves 27% tuition increase for full-time students – Halifax university says current tuition structure costs them $400K each year.
Prince George Citizen – Opinion: Chancellor debate healthy – One would expect that UNBC would have preferred a rousing endorsement of their appointment of former Conservative MP James Moore as chancellor, but the controversy is a sign of intellectual health.
ON lieutenant-governor speaks to importance of innovation, quality of life – “Ontario, Canada, and the world face three big challenges around social cohesion, environmental stewardship and economic prosperity, and how we get those to connect,” said Ontario’s lieutenant-governor in a visit to the Waterloo region this Monday. Elizabeth Dowdeswell toured a number of innovation hubs, incubators, and businesses to talk about the themes she believes are important to Ontarians. Among these themes were science and technology, which Dowdeswell argued should be concerned with their impact on people’s quality of life in addition to their focus on knowledge for knowledge’s sake. “I think it is really important to have communities thinking about not only what draws people here, but what sustains them, what keeps them here over time,” she said. The Record
Brampton Guardian – Should the city be in the business of funding universities? – With property taxes on the rise, Mississauga city councillors are questioning why they’re handing over $10 million to University of Toronto Mississauga.
Saskatoon StarPhoenix – Province slashes its funding to the University of Saskatchewan – Months after UofS agreed to hold back $20 million to help the province balance its budget, the province is cutting $9.8 million from the university’s annual grant.
Better data may reveal stronger prospects than thought for Canada’s PhDs – The prospects for tenure-track employment facing Canada’s PhD graduates may not be nearly as dire as some might believe, writes Richard Wiggers of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. Drawing on a recent report from the Conference Board of Canada, Wiggers argues that the claim that only 18.6% of PhD graduates find tenure-track employment is based on potentially misleading data. Because the data comes from the 2011 national census, it includes all immigrants who are into the country with a PhD as part of the overall group of PhD holders not employed in a tenure-track position. For this reason, Wiggers argues, we need to track PhD graduates through their “online footprint” to gain a more accurate sense of how many new PhD graduates find tenure-track employment in their field. Wiggers concludes by suggesting that the results of such a study might be much more encouraging than the numbers currently circulating on the subject. HEQCO
CBC – The Current: Only 1 in 5 Canadians with PhDs land a tenure-track job in their field – Panel discussion on study finding Canadians with PhDs who depend on academic jobs often end up underemployed.
Montréal Campus @montrealcampus 20 minil y a 20 minutes Montréal, Québec – Mario Morin a démissionné tout en conservant le montant reçu en prévision de son retour à l’enseignement. http://goo.gl/H78LPe #UQAM
8 décembre – Budget: l’unanimité éclate à la table du conseil – Mathieu Bélanger – Le Droit – … pour un partenariat avec l’Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) sont les deux éléments qui ont fait éclater l’unanimité qui régnait au conseil, …
8 décembre – Le protocole de l’UQO fait encore jaser – Info 07 – Lors du vote indicatif mardi après-midi, les élus ont accepté que Gatineau soit un partenaire de l’UQO, comme il avait été discuté lors du dernier …