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1 Internationalization and 3 rd Party Contracts Sandra Hoenle, President The University of Calgary Faculty Association (TUCFA) CAUT Forum for Presidents 17 January 2015

2 Overview  Context  Issues  Chronology The Buildup The Battle The Aftermath  Final thoughts  Acknowledgements 2

3 The UofC Context  A senior administration that: Seeks to diminish faculty association power and influence Seeks to reduce GFC authority and move it to the Board of Governors Tends to faux consultation and faux collegial governance, using hand-picked “task forces” to move its agenda forward  A rather passive GFC 3

4 Third Party Contract Issues  Quality  Reputation  Students: treatment & standards  Queue-jumping ($)  Casualization  Mission creep  “It’s not about the $” 4

5 Chronology – The Buildup  Documents: June 2011 – “Eyes High” vision Feb 2012 – Academic Plan June 2012 – Performance Measures Dec 2012 – International Task Force (ITF): Internationalization Strategy June 2013 – ITF Subcommittee report 5

6 Chronology – The Battle  Summer FA approaches Provost: rebuffed  Oct nd ITF Subcommittee report to GFC Letter from Paul to academic staff on GFC to no effect  FA went incandescent Exec  BoD  Letter to members 6

7 Chronology – The Battle Continues  Nov CAUT (David Robinson) support Presentation to students; media coverage  Nov 2013 – Joint town hall – Provost and Paul 7

8 8 Photo credit: Michael Grondin/The Gauntlet

9 9 Photo credit: Michael Grondin/The Gauntlet,

10 Chronology – The Aftermath  Dec 2013 – admin creates ITF2  Jan – April 2014 – ITF2 explores options Including “INTO Partnerships”  March 2014 – FA BoD discusses situation; Paul writes to Provost 10

11 Chronology – The Aftermath  April 2013 – an in-house approach is recommended to GFC and the BoG Incl. some 3 rd party consulting/advice  Hostilities cease 11

12 Final Thoughts  UofC ended up exactly where it could have been 10 months earlier  We got lucky – unusual lapse by Provost  It’s not over – admin will push at the margins plus GFC/BoG review after three years!  UofC admin suffering from target fixation  Academic staff can resist some of the more egregious admin plans - providing members mobilize 12

13 13 Photo credit: Jeremy Nolais/Metro,

14 Acknowledgements  CAUT, David Robinson  Paul Rogers, then President  FA Executive, Board and Staff  FA Members and departments (Philosophy, Sociology, Communication and Culture, Medicine)  Media (Riley Hill, Gauntlet) 14

15 Concerns in Open Letter  Issues: Violation of CA and PSLA Academic control of quality UofC Reputation put at risk No CA rights and protections for teachers hired by 3 rd party  Admin criticism: Biased subcommittee, imbalanced report Not committed to consultation/collegial governance Has already made up its mind 15


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