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Private Universities

CAUT Policy Statement

A public system of higher education best preserves the public interest by ensuring that knowledge is freely available to the public, and opportunities to pursue accredited university and college degree-granting programmes are widely accessible and affordable.

CAUT strongly opposes the deregulation and privatization of higher education institutions and services in Canada, whether through the establishment and accreditation of private post-secondary institutions or the privatization of public institutions through such measures as Private Financing Initiatives and Public-Private Partnerships, outsourcing, the establishment of for-profit programmes, and the use of private consultants.

Approved by the CAUT Council, November 1999;
Editorial Revisions, February 2009;
No changes, February 2014;
No changes, November 2018;
Approved by the CAUT Council, November 2023.