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In what appears to be a watershed initiative, the Planning Committee of
Council presents a planning framework and
priority-determination plan for the University that responds to the
reality of financial stringency and its consequences, on one
hand, and to undiminished enrolment pressures and public expectations for
quality, on the other.
Council's approval of the Committee's priority-planning proposals raises a
number of questions about the direction of the University.
The Sessional Lecturers Union (CUPE Local 3287) and the University have
signed a collective agreement that gives the
members a 6.5% pay increase over a four-year period that dates to July 1,
1995, when the last agreement expired, plus a
pension plan option for some members.
The technology infrastructure of the University and the computer skills of
its graduating students are below average compared
to peer institutions, according to a recent study.
President Ivany is back from a "productive," eight-day trip to
universities in Argentina and Brazil.
In Argentina, he signed a memorandum of understanding with the University
de la Pampala - Pampa being an inland Argentine
state whose mixed farming and prairial grasslands approximate those of
Next Monday, the Purchasing Department will be holding an official launch
of the PCard - the procurement card contract the U
of S and the U of R jointly signed with CIBC last March
Security Services recently sponsored a two-day, cross-cultural workshop
designed to give its staff a better notion of Aboriginal
perspectives on a range of social and historical issues.
The University disability policy approved by the Board of Governors in
March 1997 is currently being implemented. An Implementation Committee
made up of students with disabilities and staff, is putting the policy,
entitled Students with Disabilities, into practice.
A collective of community organizations will be holding a 'teach-in' on
campus next week to decry the proposed Multilateral
Agreement on Investment (MAI) currently being developed through the OECD,
Last week, the Employment Equity Working Committees of the Administration
Building colaborated in sponsoring five
information/discussion sessions as part of their employment equity
The University has entered into a 10-year agreement for Coca-Cola Bottling
Ltd. to be the exclusive supplier of cold
beverages (except dairy and alcohol products).