TORONTO, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Professors and academic librarians across
Ontario are puzzled that today's provincial budget did not make
significant new investments in higher education. In a budget that seeks
to "strengthen our competitive advantage, create jobs, and provide
vital public services" it is surprising that universities were
"Ontario's universities have the capacity to achieve all of the
government's social and economic goals," said Kate Lawson, President of
the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA).
"What's more, they also help create healthier, more engaged, and more
equal society. Investing in universities builds a more prosperous and
fair Ontario, so it is strange that the government hasn't made higher
education a stronger priority."
Ontario currently has the lowest level of per-student funding and the
highest tuition fees in Canada. Increased public investment would allow
universities to preserve the quality of education while ensuring they
remain affordable for students and their families.
Professors and academic librarians were pleased to see provisions in the
budget that will allow OCUFA to continue to develop options for fair
and sustainable pension plans at Ontario's universities. OCUFA is
currently working with partners across the sector to find concrete
solutions to future pension challenges.
"Ontario's professors and academic librarians are committed, as always,
to improving the quality, affordability, and sustainability of our
universities," said Lawson. "While today's budget is regrettably quiet
on universities, we hope the government will continue to be a strong
partner in our work."
Founded in 1964, OCUFA represents 17,000 professors and academic
librarians in 28 faculty associations across Ontario. For more
information, please visit the OCUFA website at http://www.ocufa.on.ca.
SOURCE: Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
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