TO the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
WHEREAS Ontario’s public colleges, which educate over 500,000 full- and part-time students annually, are a fundamental part of high-quality education and a growing economy; AND
WHEREAS our colleges face major challenges because of government underfunding and poor decisions by college administrators; AND
WHEREAS the exclusion of faculty from academic decision-making, and a growing reliance on an unstable precarious workforce, neglects all aspects of what it means to support the next generation of social and economic innovation in Ontario;
We the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to:
Require public colleges to establish Academic Senates, as other Canadian colleges including Sheridan College have, so financial and academic concerns are kept in balance, allowing faculty, student, and administrator senators to make better policy and create higher-quality programs;
Require public colleges to enshrine academic freedom so faculty - rather than administrators - determine course methods and materials, the evaluation of students, and assigned grades, thereby improving the standing of Ontario colleges internationally and improving the pathways available to college graduates for future study and employment;
Fund public colleges to provide equal pay and benefits for equal work to all faculty, create job security for contract faculty, and create more full-time faculty jobs, thereby creating a more stable and consistent learning environment for students.