President Samarasekera’s Answers to Questions from Arts Representatives to the General Faculties Council

Below are screenshots of President Indira Samarasekera’s official answers to questions posed by Arts representatives to the General Faculties Council for Monday’s meeting of that body. A pdf of the answers is here.

I welcome responses to the questions and President Samarasekera’s answers — especially from those able to respond before the start-time of Monday’s meeting, 2 pm. The “square” here is open to anyone who wishes to engage in discussion of how Canada’s public universities are run. 

Samarasekera to Question from Dueck and Caouette

Samarasekera Reply to Question From Sale


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5 Responses to President Samarasekera’s Answers to Questions from Arts Representatives to the General Faculties Council

  1. Kathleen Lowrey says:

    I see that Larry Goldstein is former CFO of the University of Louisville. He apparently left in 1997, the same year that U of Louisville’s partnership with UPS began. It would be interesting to know if he helped to craft that partnership, the consequences of which have been described by Marc Bousquet here:

    Other interesting U of Louisville related reading, for faculty wary of what this new strategy direction might mean here:

    To be clear, I have not been able to parse Mr. Goldstein’s CV to see whether his time at the U of Louisville ended before the processes described above began; perhaps he was not involved in any of them. My quick reading is that he left just as they took off, which could mean he got them started or could mean he had nothing at all to do with them.

  2. Kathleen Lowrey says:

    Because things have a way of appearing at GFC suddenly “for discussion”, disappearing with no voting or anything like it, and then reappearing as settled policy, I just wanted to put this here as a public placeholder:

    Toward the end of last year, GFC played audience to a presentation about “attributes and competencies” in higher ed; in Arts, at least, the BA is being retooled around a similar set of notions figured as unambiguous and innocuous goods (are YOU opposed to “attributes” and “competencies” and would YOU wish to stand in the way of students having either? what about free puppies?). In fact they have a specific money trail behind them of which it is quite illuminating to be aware.

  3. My daughters went to university at Penn State in the mid 2000s. I was astounded to learn that even in fourth year they were evaluated based on how well they did on multiple choice exams (the Scantron is a professor’s best friend). Now I find out that the Gates Foundation wants to “modernize” post-secondary education by eliminating the middle man (the professor), eliminating credit hours and assessing proficiency on the basis of “tasks” delivered in the form of power point presentations. And this is a good idea because it allows low income students to attend universities. Then I read the article about Kean University’s $219,000 conference table. What can I say? I want that free puppy.

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