ERIC Number: ED214441
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Federal-Provincial Relations and Support for Universities.
Council of Ontario Universities, Toronto.
This policy paper argues that maintaining the universities' role--that of creating and transmitting knowledge over a broad spectrum of disciplines and professions--and supporting the institutional infrastructure, will require a new definition of the Canadian government responsibility in financing universities. Sources of university funding in Ontario for 1979-80 are analyzed. A disquieting trend toward earmarking funds, which reduces flexibility and could affect quality in core activities, is noted. It is recommended that the federal government and the Council of Ministers of Education join to form a Canadian Advisory Council for Higher Education and Research with statutory responsibilities for specific policies and programs. It is also proposed that direct federal funding be confined to four categories: limited engagement in manpower planning, student assistance, research, and some specific federal concerns related to defense, international affairs, culture, and language. The government contention that special funding for externally proposed university programs would improve advanced manpower training is rejected. Special alternatives for federal assumption of student assistance responsibilities are suggested, and proposals are made for assistance in core and supplementary research. Four reports are appended: "Where Do Canadian Universities Stand in Public Priorities," a committee discussion paper; sources of university revenue, 1979-80 (data tables); the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada response to a government report on manpower development; and a critique of another government report on employment opportunities. (MSE)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Educational Policy, Employment Opportunities, Federal Government, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Labor Force Development, Public Policy, Research, State Government, Student Financial Aid
Council of Ontario Universities, 130 St. George St., Suite 8039, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2T4, Canada.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Ontario Universities, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada