Facing Faculty Opposition, York U. Won't Accept $30M Gift
- Quick Takes: $30M More for Hurricane-Damaged Colleges, Rescue at a Party, Leave for Tusculum President, Guide to Branch Campuses Abroad, Australian Branch in Singapore Shuts Down
- Quick Takes: Evolutionary Biology Majors Eligible for Grants, Details on Katrina Damage, $30M in Foreign Aid to Gulf Colleges, Evidence in Duke Case, Mayoral Help for St. Xavier, Mixed Grades for British Profs, Betting on Harvard's Next President
- Canada university's partnership with think tank raises academic freedom questions
- The Confidence Business
- A Shop Divided
Canada's York University -- facing faculty opposition -- has announced that it will not accept a $30 million gift from a think tank to create a new teaching and research center. Professors objected to the idea of sharing decision-making over faculty hires with the think tank, arguing that principles of academic freedom and autonomy require such matters to stay within the university. A statement issued Monday by Patrick Monahan, the university's provost, reiterated administrators' belief that "this initiative held tremendous opportunity and promise." But the statement went on to say that "we know for this initiative to be successful, however, it required broad support from the university." The latest faculty vote against the plan "indicates that the necessary support is not present and, accordingly, we cannot proceed," Monahan added.