The Neoliberal University

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1892 ... September 15, 2019
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The Neoliberal University:
Opposition grows to performance-based funding model for post-secondary education in Ontario

Ontario Universities and Colleges Coalition

Announced in the Ontario Budget, the Ford government’s reckless new market-based approach to funding postsecondary education will fundamentally compromise the integrity of Ontario’s higher education system. This alarming shift in education funding will create greater inequity, hurt students, and threaten the quality of education in our province.

The proposed market-based performance funding model will tie 60 per cent (over $3-billion dollars) of postsecondary funding to each institution’s "performance" against a set of arbitrary and flawed metrics. This dramatic shift follows years of stagnant public funding for postsecondary education in Ontario, and is only the latest in a series of attacks on the foundations of postsecondary education in the province, including cuts of over $400-million to college and university budgets, cuts of almost $700-million to student financial assistance, and cuts to the democratically determined student fees that allow students’ unions to advocate on behalf of, and provide vital support to their members.

Universities and colleges... are unique spaces created to facilitate advanced education and research. They are publicly funded because they produce a vital public good: new knowledge and understanding of the natural and social world.

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