EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
Registrar lacks class
To the editor:
I'm another year closer to my degree. I should be happy with
this revelation, but with all the frustration and resulting
disappointment with registration, this year has started on a
For a school system that promotes a "free
and accessible" education, I find myself in the third year
of my program taking classes I really don't want, only to fill
my schedule. In fact, all of the classes I had anticipated on
enrolling in were full before I even had a chance to register
- one of the largest flaws in the online registration process.
A system that is used to promote fairness in registration only
benefits those lucky enough to be chosen first, leaving the
rest to scramble and pick classes that will fit together, most
having nothing to do with their intended educational path.
Upon calling the registrar, I was placed
in a constant loop between apathetic employees. I have now resorted
to waiting in enormous add/drop lines just to be told I'll be
placed on a list, without any guarantee I'll be situated in
It's frustrating to see that, although we're
paying exorbitant fees for our education, we're left to the
whims of those who see the students as nothing more than customers.
Like any business, Western is dependent upon its students to
survive. Giving them the royal screw-over is just bad business.
Honours MIT III
hard to find
Re: "The year ahead:
USC Prez talks turkey with Gazette," Sept. 10
To the editor:
In the Sep. 10 edition of The Gazette, USC president Paul Yeoman
was cited as stating that the Provincial Quality Assurance Fund
could remedy the problem of overcrowding faced at Western and
other Canadian Universities as it "can be used to hire
more faculty, making class sizes smaller."
If it were just so simple. But it isn't.
Your professors are highly trained experts in the fields in
which they teach. Appropriate faculty are hard to find and even
harder to recruit. As noted by an economist in The Globe and
Mail the same day The Gazette story was printed: "Estimates
are that Ontario will need more than 11,500 new faculty in this
decade to teach the echo generation and to replace retiring
professors. Other provinces face the same problem."
Across North America, universities are facing
a major problem in the retention and renewal of faculty. Already
the student-to-faculty ratio is undesirably high, as we at UWOFA
and President Davenport both have stated. In order to ensure
Western remains an academy that attracts and keeps the best
scholars and educators and provides students here with the education
they deserve and for which they are paying, what is required
is an overall increase in the number of permanent, full-time
Western will require increased funding to
the base budget of the University from the province and a continuing
committment to retain and hire permanent full-time faculty.
President of the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association
Want a degree?
Go to Moscow
higher education," Sept. 9
To the Editor:
Why shouldn't higher education be a fundamental right? In the
21st century, is it really possible to get by on a high school
diploma? Let's forget that this issue has anything to do with
university and take it from the framework that we are talking
about higher education in general. I think the issue is value
Unfortunately, most people don't go to school
for the hell of it - they go to get a career. Can we honestly
say the Canadian high school curriculum is sufficient to provide
a graduate with a decent career in which they can support themselves
(and possibly a family), while paying the extraordinary amount
of taxes a good Canadian is obliged to pay? Even private schools
don't claim career potential after graduation: their purpose
is to get a child into university.
I recently went to Moscow and was enlightened
to learn of their post-secondary educational system. Before
I explain it however, I must mention their high school curriculum
is significantly more advanced than our's. The chances of an
individual getting a decent job after high school is much better
in comparison to Canada's. Even with such an advanced system,
getting a post-graduate degree is surprisingly easy.
If you can pay to go to university, you do
it. You pay the government your tuition and you go. If you can't
pay it, there is no such thing as OSAP. You simply have to take
a test, kind of like the SATs. If you score high enough on basic
skills (reading, writing, math, science, English), the government
pays for you to attend state university. After speaking with
several students, the general consensus was if you could make
it to the last year of high school, university was no problem.
I like that system. Personally, I am horrible
at standardized tests and I am sure there is alternative financial
support in Moscow available (the mob), if exams aren't one's
cup of tea. However, the basic ideology is a good one. If you
can show you are a decent enough student to survive in university,
you can go. And the best thing is, there is no such thing as
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