Budget Fails to Address Quality Crisis in Post Secondary Education in Ontario

    Investing in buildings will not remedy the problems facing Ontario

    TORONTO, March 25 /CNW/ - "This budget missed the point. New buildings
are not enough. For students to receive the quality education they deserve,
sufficient academic staff need to be hired," said Professor Brian E. Brown,
President of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
    "The only way to reduce class sizes and improve student-faculty ratios is
to hire more faculty now," continued Brown. "All we are asking is that
students have access to the same quality of education as their parents did."
    Just as in 2003, Ontario ranks last in Canada in funding of universities,
per capita. Student-faculty ratios in Ontario continue to be the worst in the
country at 26 students for every faculty member, compared with 22 students in
the rest of Canada and 16 students in American peer institutions. Class sizes
continue to increase. Ontario students reported 28 percent lower levels of
interaction with faculty than students at peer institutions in the United
    "The Reaching Higher plan was a good beginning, but the government has
not followed through. The very least this budget should have contained
$440 million to hire the 5,500 new tenure stream faculty that are required to
bring Ontario's 2009-10 student-faculty ratios to the Canadian average and
ensure that students receive the high standard of educational experience they
deserve," said Professor Brown.
    "Without this funding, university students across the province will see
their class sizes grow even larger, they will have even less interaction with
their increasingly transient faculty and their education will suffer," Brown

    The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations represents
more than 15,000 professors and academic librarians.

For further information:

For further information: Henry Mandelbaum, Executive Director, (416)
671-3230, hmandelbaum@ocufa.on.ca

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