Re: Our committee and its mission

Marla Chodak (
Fri, 2 Jan 1998 20:01:40 -0800 (PST)

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 governance:
> 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 26,015.
> 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 million.
> 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.