ERIC Number: ED200160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Future of Lost Opportunities? Brief to the Ontario Council on University Affairs.
Council of Ontario Universities, Toronto. Committee on Operating Grants.
A 1981 brief of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) on operating support to the Ontario Council on University Affairs (OCUA) is presented. Background information on funding includes the following: the basis for analysis, a comparison of the COU request and OCUA 80-II, the government's provision for 1981-82, interprovincial comparisons, and intraprovincial comparisons. System requirements for 1982-83 are outlined with consideration to the following: the impact of inflation on salaries, employee benefits, and nonsalary expenditures; projecting the cost of career progress and the provision for equipment replacement; the efficiency factor; provision for enrollment variations for 1980-81; a stabilization factor; and minimum financial requirements for 1982-83. The financial context of university underfunding is considered in relation to the Ontario Government fiscal policy, federal-provincial financing, and long-term prospects. It is suggested that taken together three indicators, operating grants per student, per capita, and per $1,000 of personal income, provide a bleak picture of the province's commitment to higher education. The Ontario Government spends less on its universities, per student, than virtually every other province. It is claimed that the Ontario Government's denial of adequate funds cannot be justified on the grounds of ability to pay. It is concluded that university development can have direct bearing on societal economic problems, but more importantly, no goals can be achieved unless the ability of the university community to pursue its larger goals is fundamentally secure. (SW)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Finance, Enrollment Trends, Federal Aid, Financial Policy, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Inflation (Economics), Position Papers, Teacher Salaries
Council of Ontario Universities, 130 St. George Street, Suite 8039, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2T4.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Ontario Universities, Toronto. Committee on Operating Grants.
Identifiers: Canada; Ontario
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