Volume 96, Issue 4

Thursday, June 13, 2002
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New university lacks student rep.

By Emmett Macfarlane
Gazette Staff

A new provincial bill, labeled the Post-Secondary Education Student Opportunity Act, may not live up to its name according to concerned student representatives.

The legislation re-introduces four bills from the previous session of legislature, the most significant of which establishes the University of Ontario Institute of Technology on the campus of Durham College in Oshawa.

According to Josh Morgan, president of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, the wording of the bill does not mandate that UOIT's Board of Governors have a student representative. "There is absolutely no guarantee that students will be sitting on the [board]," Morgan said.

Bruce Skeaff, senior media relations officer for the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, said student representation on the BOG would be laid out in the university's bylaws once the Board is established.

Skeaff explained the bill's wording is fairly standard, adding the intention is to give the board flexibility. "Just because it's not in the legislation doesn't mean it's not going to happen," he said.

Morgan said that explanation was insufficient. "Students need to have [an] entrenched voice," he said.

Morgan said he was also concerned with the bill's language, which refers to university programs being market driven, adding such wording goes against the academic nature of universities.

"I think [the bill is] definitely a step in changing the structure of universities in Ontario. I would argue it's a step we don't want to take," Morgan explained.

University Students' Council President Chris Sinal said he agreed. "There's been a trend towards [the idea that the university is] just a job factory," he said, adding he feels the new legislation blurs the lines between universities and colleges.

Arnice Cadieux, executive director of public affairs at the Council of Ontario Universities said she thinks the introduction of more options for students is a positive step.

"The fact is that the ultimate objective of universities is to [provide job skills]," Cadieux said.

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