Is it accountability - or just accounting?

    Researchers to evaluate how well accountability is working

    TORONTO, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - "Accountability" is the watchword, as
governments respond to calls for more openness in programs and spending. In
the last few years, the Ontario government has introduced accountability
requirements for the province's universities that have added increased costs
and bureaucracy. But have they been any use?
    The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association, representing
15,000 professors and academic librarians in Ontario, is holding a conference,
"Accounting or Accountability in Higher Education?" to examine the effects and
effectiveness of these government accountability demands on universities.
    The conference will bring together speakers from universities and
research institutes in Canada, the United States, and Europe. It will look at
the theory and practice of accountability, evaluate what's happening, and
consider what a truly accountable system would look like.
    Featured speakers include Therese Shanahan, professor of education at
York University; Professor Bjorn Stensaker from the Norwegian Institute for
Studies in Innovation, Research, and Education; and Dr. Jamil Salmi, the World
Bank's tertiary education coordinator.
    The conference will be held at the Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto, Friday,
January 23 and Saturday, January 24.

For further information:

For further information: Henry Mandelbaum, OCUFA Executive Director,
(416) 979-2117, Ext. 229; Mark Rosenfeld, OCUFA Associate Executive Director,
(416) 979-2117, Ext. 233

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