We, the undersigned, do not agree with the Post-Secondary Education Review Commission's Report that recommends that higher education in New Brunswick should be driven by business, industry, or government.
In order to maintain and increase the high quality of post-secondary education New Brunswickers enjoy, universities must retain independent governance. All academic decisions must continue to be made by senates or comparable bodies made up of faculty, staff and students.
UNB Saint John gained its own senate and the right to determine its own programmes in the 1980s. These gains must not be threatened.
We trust UNB Saint John and other public institutions of higher learning to determine their own directions, to work within their larger communities, including but not limited to the business community, in ways that best suit the needs and strengths of the institutions and their members.
We trust UNB Saint John and other public institutions of higher learning when they affirm their commitment to their larger communities, and oppose any outside attempts to control the shape or direction of that commitment.
UNB Saint John has grown up around a strong core of arts and sciences and the UNB Saint John community has made it clear it wants to retain this core. As the institution expands and changes over time, this core must be strengthened, not side-lined by under- or selective funding, or in any other manner.
We believe that the people of Saint John and region deserve access to a full range of credible academic resources.
We believe that UNB Saint John must remain an integral component of UNB.
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