Ontario faculty urges real action to create knowledge economy

    TORONTO, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty
Associations (OCUFA) is asking the Government of Ontario to ensure students
are equipped to prosper in a new economy by investing in postsecondary
    "Higher education is one of the best ways to create a skilled, innovative
workforce able to meet the economic and civic goals of tomorrow," said
Professor Brian E. Brown, President of OCUFA. "Unfortunately, our universities
do not currently have the resources they need to achieve this important goal."
    On Thursday, Premier Dalton McGuinty welcomed the report Ontario in the
Creative Age, echoing its call for greater investment in the people of
Ontario. The report, written by noted thinker Richard Florida and Rotman
School of Management Dean Roger Martin, calls for greater capacity and
resources within Ontario's postsecondary system.
    Despite the important new funding in the Government of Ontario's 2005
Reaching Higher program, Ontario's postsecondary institutions remain
under-funded. As a result, students must struggle with large class sizes,
decaying infrastructure, and high tuition fees. In the face of global economic
instability and projected enrolment increases, these challenges only become
more urgent.
    "Ontario faculty are encouraged that the Government of Ontario is
embracing a long-term view on the crucial relationship between postsecondary
education and Ontario's success," said Professor Brown. "But if the Premier is
serious about building a "creativity-oriented" economy, then the upcoming
provincial budget must invest in our institutions and help them deliver a high
quality educational experience to our students."

    The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA)
represents more than 15,000 professors and academic librarians across Ontario.
For more information, please visit the OCUFA website at

For further information:

For further information: Henry Mandelbaum, Executive Director, (416)
979-2117 x229 or hmandelbaum@ocufa.on.ca; Mark Rosenfeld, Associate Executive
Director, (416) 979-2117 x233 or mrosenfeld@ocufa.on.ca

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