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Cut, Cut, and Cut Again: Five Comments on the Alberta Government’s Choice to Cut Alberta Postsecondary Education

The Government of Alberta has brought down its budget for 2015-16. Five comments on its cuts to postsecondary education. 1.  Let’s remember that the postsecondary education system in Alberta is still reeling from the Government’s 2013 cuts, which took tens of millions … Continue reading

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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 — … Continue reading

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On “Society” — and Today’s Announcement that the Next President of the University of Alberta is Dr. David Turpin

Today the University of Alberta community learned that the University’s next President will be Dr. David Turpin, former President of the University of Victoria (2000–2013). A detailed biographical statement for Dr. Turpin is here.  In his speech this morning at … Continue reading

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“Emancipation From Reliance on Government Funding” or, The Incredible Shrinking University?

Since the beginning of the term, those of us at the University of Alberta who are not part of one or another administrative enclave have been receiving intermittent and partial news about a major development underway, in which the means … Continue reading

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News from South of the Border: University of Oregon Strengthens Academic Freedom Policy (28 May 2014)

So! Even as the Globe and Mail was yesterday publishing University of Alberta President Indira Samarasekera’s response to events at the University of Saskatchewan, an American university President was issuing a dramatically different statement on the matter of academic freedom. In the … Continue reading

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Last week, President Samarasekera reported some big news: for its scholarship in English language and literature, the Department of English and Film Studies has moved up in the QS Rankings from last year’s #37 spot to #22. This puts EFS … Continue reading

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Great Class, Dr. Samarasekera! (Guest Post by John Considine, Professor, English & Film Studies)

The scandal of overpaid administrators does not only affect the University of Alberta. There are university presidents across North America whose salary and benefits come to a million dollars a year and more. How might the University of Alberta show … Continue reading

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