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ERIC Number: EJ852991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1682-3451
Incentives and Accountability: The Canadian Context
Gauthier, Michelle
Higher Education Management and Policy, v16 n2 p95-107 2004
Since 1997, the Canadian federal government has introduced a variety of new incentives to enhance significantly the funding of university research in this country. While these funding initiatives have been welcomed by Canadian universities, they are accompanied by a heightened emphasis on accountability which dictates new eligibility conditions for universities' access to these funds. Given that research and innovation have become more central and significant spending categories for the federal public purse, universities in Canada are increasingly subject to public scrutiny, due to concerns for public accountability and safety. The new programs often involve more strategic central co-ordination and consequently require that the university administration, and not just faculty, justify funding requests. Universities are also expected to demonstrate compliance with a growing array of federally codified guidelines and regulations. These federal expectations of accountability are multiplying as both the investment in research and the different types of funding mechanisms grow. They are compounded by the fact that, in Canada, universities operate under provincial jurisdiction, which require an additional level of accountability. All these forms of federal and provincial accountability require universities to devote additional time and resources to the stakeholder management process and to the justification of new funds sought and received. The presentation will explore the cumulative impact of these federal and provincial requirements and consider how Canadian universities are positioning themselves to address growing expectations to account for the use of public funds. (Contains 24 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada