Re: Our committee and its mission

David Bakan (
Fri, 2 Jan 1998 20:15:13 -0500 (EST)


I understand what you are saying. However, if the our committee should come
to appear as a solution in search of a problem it would lose respect.

The deep problems of governance have to do with money and jobs, and
"governance" means the decisions with respect to them.


At 20:01 02/01/98 -0800, you wrote:
>Professor Bakan, I believe there is a joint Senate executive/Board
>executive committee which is looking at issues of governance at a
>university-wide level; if that is so, the Arts committee might wish to
>communicate with that committee regarding some of the broader concerns. At
>the same time, in the motion in June which established it, Council charged
>the Arts governance committee with considering a number of Arts-specific
>questions (though they may of course also have application elsewhere), and
>we perhaps should attempt to report back to Council on those issues.
>Marla Chodak
>On Fri, 2 Jan 1998, David Bakan wrote:
>> Date: Fri, 2 Jan 1998 11:10:54 -0500 (EST)
>> From: David Bakan <>
>> To:
>> Subject: Our committee and its mission
>> To my fellow members of the committee from the Faculty of Arts on
>> I have been reflecting a lot about our committee and its mission. I believe
>> that we have to go back to the Faculty of Arts and tell them that the task
>> which is involved necessarily goes beyond the Faculty of Arts to the whole
>> University.
>> The issues of governance are about the way in which decisions concerning the
>> apportionment of resources and appointments are made. The issues of
>> governance of the University are about the procedures that legitimated the
>> decisions that produced the "hollowing of the York University" indicated in
>> the following note which is posted on the YUFA website:
>> The Hollowing of York University
>> from a Sept. 3, 1997 posting on YUFA-L, updated on Sept. 16
>> Between 1991/92 and 1996/97:
>> The number of full time undergraduate students rose from 23,263 to
>> The number of full time graduate students rose from 2,210 to 2,416.
>> The number of professional librarians dropped from 44 to 35.
>> The number of part-time faculty dropped from 1,401 to 702.
>> The number of contractually limited faculty dropped from 105 to 43.
>> The number of tenured/probationary faculty dropped from 1,144 to 1,082.
>> Income from operating grants and fees rose from $251.5 to $285.2
>> Total administration expenses rose from $20.1 million to $23.7 million.
>> Total instruction and research expenditures fell from $182.7 million to
>> $174.6 million
>> According to the same sources, York now has the highest administration
>> expenses among all Ontario
>> universities and the second-fastest increase over the last 20 years
>> (143% increase since 1978/79;
>> only Nipissing is faster at 196%). Meanwhile, York's
>> instruction/research expenditures increased by
>> only 57%.
>> Sources:
>> Fact Book and
>> April 30, 1996 Financial Statements
>> COU Financial Report of Ontario Universities
>> I suggest that we go back to the Faculty of Arts with a proposal that this
>> committee be abolished, and that the Senators in the Faculty of Arts act to
>> create a Senate Committee to examine the governance of the university as a
>> whole.