Winter 2017 Evaluation of Senior Administrators

Dear members of the APUO,

In accordance with its Policy Statement on Assessment of Senior Administrators, in February 2017 the APUO asked members in the Faculty of Arts to complete a survey to assess their dean.

You can view the summary of results and the details of the quantitative questions by clicking on the appropriate link.

With kind regards,

The APUO Executive Committee

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This message was sent to APUO members on March 7, 2017. To see the original message click here.

Invitation: Keeping Education Public Week


INVITATION: KEEPING EDUCATION PUBLIC WEEK

Dear members,

As part of Keeping Education Public week, the APUO is co-sponsoring events on campus from March 6 to March 10, 2017.Seven associations representing students, faculty and staff at the University of Ottawa come together to discuss major issues facing Canadian universities today.Several events will be taking place with a common thread drawing back to the austerity budgeting measures that have been implemented at the University of Ottawa and which are reflective of the current context of postsecondary education across North America.This takes place following threats of massive budget cuts of 4 to 8% at the University of Ottawa, including $2 million in cuts to library acquisitions which were narrowly avoided, and a freeze on university support staff, all of which undermine the quality of education for students, and the working conditions of faculty and staff throughout the university.

Monday March 6th, the APUO will be hosting a roundtable discussion on the commercialization of academic publishing. As an increasing number of academic societies sign publishing agreements with the “Big 5”, these large multinational publishing houses drive industry trends that increase the cost of research and access to publishing, which adversely affects libraries that struggle to maintain their collections due to government defunding and austerity budgeting practices.

Wednesday March 8th, in conjunction with International Women’s Day (IWD), the campus associations will be hosting a game of Cards Against University at Café Nostalgica from 2 to 4pm. The game features content specific to the university community and uOttawa in particular, with a gendered focus on some of the card content for IWD. Food will be served.

Thursday March 9th, at 11:30AM, the Association of Part-Time Professors of the University of Ottawa (APTPUO) will be screening Starving the Beastto be shown at Desmarais Hall, room 12102 (55, Laurier street). The documentary examines the last 35 years of systemic defunding of universities and market-driven reform that has been commonplace in the United States, and which parallels with ideologies around higher education in Canada. Pizza and beverages will be serve.

These events are supported by APUO, GSAÉD, CUPE 2626, APTPUO, SFUO, SSUO, SEIU local 2.

This information was also issued in a press release.

This message was sent to APUO members on March 7, 2017. To see the original message click here.

Roundtable: Commercialization of academic publishing

 

THE COMMERCIALIZATION OF ACADEMIC PUBLISHING: OPPORTUNITY OR THREAT?

Dear members,

As part of Keeping Education Public Week, APUO will be hosting a roundtable on Monday March 6th, 2017 from 12-12:50pm at Tabaret 083.

The commercialization of academic research has been the subject of intense debate within scientific communities. In the past few years, an increasing number of academic societies have signed publishing agreements with large publishing houses such as the “Big 5”: Reed-Elsevier, Wiley, Routledge-Taylor and Francis, SAGE and Springer. On the one hand, these companies have a global reach that brings research communities closer together. On the other hand, they have been criticized for their pricing practices and high profit margins, which drive up the price of information and make academic publishing less accessible to students and faculty. As a result of these industry trends, university libraries, such as our uOttawa library, have found it increasingly difficult to maintain their collections. In this roundtable, speakers from the University of Ottawa will share their experiences and debate alternatives.

COME CHAT WITH US!
Where: TBT 083, University of Ottawa
When: Monday, March 6th, 2017 at noon – lunch will be served.

Please RSVP here to reserve your lunch!

 

This message was sent to APUO members on February 28, 2017. To see the original message click here.

Petition: Stand Against the Ban

Dear members,In light of recent news events, many scholars and institutions in the post-secondary sector have responded to developments affecting our members and the extended university community. Following the Executive order issued by President Donald Trump halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries (currently before the courts), both the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT – see below) and Universities Canada (political statement) have responded. In solidarity, you might be interested to sign the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) petition (see the link below) to keep the pressure on.

Stand Against the Ban

(Ottawa – January 31, 2017) The Canadian Association of University Teachers joins with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in strongly condemning the discriminatory ban on entry to the United States for people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The executive order affects many of our academic staff and students in Canada by restricting their ability to travel to the United States for conferences, and to engage in research partnerships and collaborations with American institutions and scholars. As such, the ban runs contrary to the values of free and open exchange of knowledge and ideas.

We urge American authorities to respect academic freedom and to firmly reject discrimination by immediately rescinding the ban.
We further call upon our members and the entire academic community in Canada to oppose the Trump administration’s discriminatory order by signing the AAUP petition against the ban.

 

This message was sent to APUO members on February 8, 2017. To see the original message click here.

Change: Budget debate UOttawa 2017-18

 

NOTICE: 2017-2018 BUDGET DEBATE

Dear members,

Please note that the University of Ottawa has not responded to our invitation to send a delegate to our budget debate on January 25th, 2017.

Therefore, we have modified the format of the event to be a presentation of the APUO’s perspective on the 2017-2018 budget followed by a question and discussion period.

While we regret that the employer has declined the opportunity to engage in this dialogue with us, we hope that you will attend and bring your questions, so that we may hear your concerns and suggestions and bring them to the attention of the employer in other forums.

Where: DMS 12102, 55 Laurier, University of Ottawa
When:  Wednesday January 25, 12 noon-12:50pm
A light lunch will be served, please RSVP to help us to plan accordingly.
This message was sent to APUO members on Januay 19, 2017. To see the original message click here.

Invitation: CAUT Equity Conference 2017

Dear members of APUO,

APUO is proud to support the participation of its members at the CAUT Equity conference that will take place on February 24-25, 2017 in Toronto. The APUO Executive committee will cover the expenses for registration, accommodations and transportation for two participants. The participants will be expected to participate in the conference in its entirety and to provide receipts for each expense.

In offering this funding, APUO wishes to build its members’ capacity on equity issues. It is expected that members who wish to participate in the conference are doing so with the intention of eventually being directly engaged with the Association (for example: join the Equity Committee, the Collective Bargaining Committee, the Executive Committee, or the Board of Directors).

Please take a look at the CAUT webpage for more details about the conference.

This message was sent to APUO members on January 18, 2017. To see the original message click here.

Budget debate UOttawa 2017-18

2017-2018 BUDGET DEBATE

The University of Ottawa has proposed across the board cuts, including extensive cuts to the library. In response the APUO will be conducting an analysis of university’s finances and inviting the employer to a debate on the 2017-2018 budget on the following question:

“Is the proposed budget consistent with the University of Ottawa’s academic mandate?”

Where: DMS 12102, 55 Laurier, University of Ottawa
When:  Wednesday January 25, 12 noon-12:50pm
A light lunch will be served, please RSVP to help us to plan accordingly.

Please come prepared with questions for either side. We have invited each side to present their views on the proposed budget. A question period will follow the opening arguments and rebuttals on each side.

 

This message was sent to APUO members on January 11, 2017. To see the original message click here.

 

Open letter to the attention of Mr. Jacques Frémont: reverse the cuts

(sent by email)

 

Open letter to the attention of Mr. Jacques Frémont,

 

Mr. Jacques Frémont

President

Office of the President

University of Ottawa

550 Cumberland, room 212

Ottawa, Ontario

 

November 21, 2016

 

Dear Mr. Frémont,

 

I’m writing to you on behalf of APUO, which represents 1260 professors and librarians at the University of Ottawa. We wish to share with you our concern facing the proposed library cuts at the University, in particular those affecting our journal subscriptions. Although we understand that the mandate of the Board of Governors is to provide strategic direction to the University, it is our duty to inform you when we consider that these orientations directly threaten the core mission of our institution, which is education and research. Indeed, the $1,593,312 cuts to the library directly undermine this core mission.

 

As you know, on October 13, 2016, the Faculty Council of Social Sciences adopted a resolution stating that the administration reaffirms its Destination 2020 commitment to support the quality of our programs, of our teaching, of our research and of the student experience and that to this end 1) the Board of Governors reverses the cuts announced to the acquisition budget of the library; 2) that if the Board of Governors considers necessary to reduce the budget in the same amount of $1,593,312 that the cut affects exclusively the three budget categories previously mentioned which, according to the 2016-2017 budget, make up a total of close to $96 million.

 

We share this point of view: Destination 2020 has committed to supporting advanced research and providing the University with a world class library; the budget cuts to the library cannot be made without causing severe harm to research and teaching activities; the university administration has high costs in honorariums and contractual services, in travel and other expenses. In light of this information, we request that you consider other avenues to reduce the budget of the administration instead of cutting the library’s acquisitions budget, which would go directly against our strategic plan and the purpose of academic institutions such as ours which is, according to Destination 2020, “a world class research university.”

 

Moreover, it is our stance that the Board of Governors has a broad responsibility towards the student experience. The cuts that have been announced will affect our students’ access to cutting-edge research, despite yearly increases to their tuition fees. In addition, our graduate students will be directly affected in their capacity to produce high level research.

 

The proposed cuts are a source of serious worry for students, faculty, librarians, members of the Senate, as well as your colleagues at the Board of Governors. The University of Ottawa enjoys a reputation that attracts some of the best students and professors from around the world. Library cuts are a hard blow to the University’s reputation, its national and international rankings, as well as its capacity to attract and retain the best professors and students. In other words, these cuts are costly in the short, middle and long term. We are convinced that the budget challenges we are currently facing can be resolved without compromising the primary purpose of our university or the reputation we have all worked so hard to build with our best efforts.

 

We are aware that the announcement of these cuts is taking place within the broader context of the commercialisation of knowledge and increased pricing that affects all academic institutions. In particular, Canadian universities are threatened by the exploitation of major publishing houses. As a member of the Group of Canadian Research Universities, these trends affect us but we also have a capacity to influence the course of events. In this situation, it is more important than ever that universities take the lead in defending access to knowledge. It is important that our entire university community be involved in seeking innovative and long term solutions that preserve – and even expand – access to higher knowledge. To this end, we invite you to work with us in seeking such solutions, in collaboration with Canadian and international partners. Our community could demonstrate its leadership and, in several respects, “defy the conventional.”

 

In the context of a budget of over a billion dollars, library cuts of under $2 million represent less than 3% of the administration’s budget. Historically, university budgets have fluctuated up to 3% in accordance with the University’s needs. Considering the lasting harmful effects of these cuts, we respectfully ask you, Mr. Frémont, to reverse the cuts and work with us on short, medium and long term solutions to the challenges of increased costs to subscriptions that libraries face.

 

Respectfully,

 

 

Jennifer Dekker

President, APUO

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PRESS RELEASE: University of Ottawa library on the chopping block: rally to stop the cuts!

PRESS RELEASE

 

OTTAWA – University of Ottawa library on the chopping block: rally to stop the cuts!

#SaveUOLibrary2016

 

November 30, 2016

 

For immediate release

 

 

The University of Ottawa is planning to cut almost $2 million from the library budget of 2016-2017.

 

The proposed cuts are a source of serious worry for students, faculty, librarians, university staff, members of the Senate, and members of the University Board of Governors. In the context of rising tuition fees, library cuts are a hard blow to students who rely on library materials to complete assignments, as well as to faculty who require up to date research materials to teach and conduct research.

 

The proposed cuts not only undermine the primary mission of the university as an educational institution, but fail to resolve broader challenges of balancing budget shortfalls without compromising the quality of education.

 

The announcement of these cuts is taking place within the broader context of the commercialisation of knowledge and increased pricing that affects all academic institutions. In particular, Canadian universities are threatened by price-gouging of major publishing houses.

 

The cuts of up to $2 million represent less than 3% of the administration’s billion dollar budget. Historically, university budgets have fluctuated up to 3% in accordance with the University’s needs. A petition of over 3500 signatures is calling on the university administration to reverse the cuts. The Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science as well as the Senate of the university have passed motions to reverse the cuts.

 

Members from seven campus based unions representing students, faculty, librarians and staff will be protesting the cuts and calling on the administration to make the right decision and reverse these cuts, which will compromise the quality of education and have a negative impact on our ability to maintain research excellence at the University of Ottawa.

 

Budget are about priorities. In searching for solutions, the university administration must prioritize the quality of education and our ability to pursue research in the public interest.

 

Student, staff and faculty associations on campus are organizing a rally to stop the cuts on Wednesday, November 30, noon, in front of Morisset Library.

 

Supported by APUO, GSAÉD, CUPE 2626, APTPUO, SFUO, SSUO, SEIU local 2.

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For more information please contact Maria-Hélèna Pacelli, Communications Officer apuoco@uottawa.ca or (613) 230-3659.

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