The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed our nation in the span of months, leaving not only governments, but many Canadians, working to find ways to recover from its financial and social impacts. The recommendations outlined in this submission highlight how the post-secondary education sector can respond and assist with these crises after the pandemic.
Briefs & Reports
A strong and vital post-secondary education sector is an essential foundation for innovation, science and economic success in Canada. It creates the knowledge needed to meet national and international challenges, it trains the talent necessary to make Canada a competitive leader, and it develops the critical thought essential for a democratic and just country.
The federal government has significantly supported COVID-19 research; however, research in other vital areas has stalled. The research councils have acknowledged the challenges faced by grant recipients, extending timeframes and encouraging student retention. The federal government also acknowledged gaps and found solutions to assist clinical health researchers.
What is Fair? is intended to assist academic staff in carrying out their roles on peer committees, especially those concerned with tenure, renewal, and promotion decisions. Through a series of questions and answers, it provides general guidance on the procedural components of peer review as well as the ethical and professional obligations of those who participate in peer evaluations.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, universities and colleges in Canada have transitioned to remote instruction through various online platforms and software. Academic staff should be aware that these tools raise important privacy and intellectual property rights issues.