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Thursday, March 13, 1997

We'll soon know about fees

Information about 1997-98 tuition fees is listed as "to be distributed" on the agenda for a meeting next Tuesday: the board of governors executive committee, which will be preparing the agenda for a meeting of the board itself to be held April 1. UW officials haven't said just how they plan to take advantage of the latitude given to universities by the Ontario government this year. The government announcement in February said "average" fees could go up by 10 per cent, with a maximum increase of 20 per cent for fees "in any one program".

Meanwhile, Monday evening the UW senate will be discussing a motion from Mario Bellabarba, president of the Federation of Students, which asks it to take a stand:

That the UW Senate oppose differentiation and deregulation of tuition fees. . . .

That the UW Senate recommends the Board of Governors not approve any fee schedule that is not approved by a body consisting of equal numbers of students, faculty and senior administrators.

We shall see. In any case, there could be some hints about proposed tuition fee levels as early as this morning. The senate finance committee is meeting (in Needles Hall room 3001, starting at 8:30 a.m.) to begin discussions of the 1997-98 budget.

While tuition fees are still not known, the Student Services Fee has been settled, subject to board of governors approval. The fee, currently running at $82.28 per term for full-time undergraduates, is to rise to $89.87. For full-time grads, it will rise from $72.62 to $75.60. By an agreement between UW administration and student leaders that dates from 1994, the fee is calculated each year based on the actual costs of student services -- $2.8 million worth of them this year, in areas ranging from athletics (more than half of the total) to counselling.

Now, some numbers about staff

In yesterday's Bulletin I noted the latest figures on how many faculty members UW has (640 full-timers this year, down from 767 in the previous year). Here, also from documents being presented to the senate finance committee this morning, is the word about numbers of staff.

As of October 1996, there were a total of 1,457.4 staff positions covered by the university's operating budget. That's down from 1,555.2 positions in October 1995. The decline mostly reflects the 200 early retirements that took place last summer, minus positions that have been filled or that departments have been authorized to fill soon.

About two out of every seven staff are in the faculties and academic departments, for a total of 414.9 positions. The rest, 1,042.6 positions, are in "academic support" areas. Plant operations, with 329 staff, remains the largest department, though it's down from 353 positions a year earlier. The library remains in second place at 143.6 positions (down from 155.6). Appearing in third place is the new information systems and technology department, which has 104 staff, drawn from the old data processing and computing services departments.

The numbers being presented to the committee today don't include staff in "ancillary enterprises", because they don't pay their people with money from the operating budget. That's why food services doesn't appear in the list of big departments.

The human resources software

The information systems and technology department continues its series of Friday open house sessions tomorrow. This time, they'll be talking about the human resources management system project.

Last fall, UW signed an agreement with PeopleSoft, a big software vendor in that area, to buy their human resources and payroll application. "This session is intended," says a notice about tomorrow's IST event, "to provide an overview of the status of this initiative, a short demonstration of some of the functionality available in the system, and overview of future directions for the application and its use on campus, and a review of the upcoming activities and project timelines. In addition, and if time permits, we would welcome anyone who is interested to stick around and explore the application (and the project) in more detail with some of the people involved."

The open house starts at 10 a.m. Friday in Davis Centre room 1302. Technical staff in IST and related departments are getting a preview in one of their regular Friday morning seminars at 8:45.

On the 72nd day of the year

The Kitchener-Waterloo Record reported yesterday that a 43-year-old man, unidentified, has been charged with making a number of sexual harassing phone calls to female UW students. . . .

The campus branch of CASI/SEDS is holding an "aerospace career fair" from 10:00 to 3:30 today in the Davis Centre "fishbowl" lounge. And if you are wondering what CASI/SEDS stands for, well, a glance at their web page will give the answer: Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. . . .

The exhibition "Death Divine", featuring photographs by Pamela Williams of cemetery sculpture from Paris, Milan and Rome, opens today in the Modern Languages art gallery. Williams will give a talk on her work at 1:30, in East Campus Hall room 1219; at 4:00 there's an opening reception for the show, in the gallery. The exhibition continues through April 20. . . .

Engineering students will reveal their artistic sides tonight at TalEng, the talent show sponsored every term by the Engineering Society. The event starts at 7 p.m. at Fed Hall, and will feature comedy, performance art, music and more. Everyone is invited and admission is free. . . .

And, there's bad weather in the forecast. It provides one last (let's hope) opportunity this winter to review UW's storm closing procedure, just in case things get really bad. Note that the schools are on March break this week, so there's no point waiting for an announcement that the board of education has (or hasn't) closed all its schools -- any decision for UW would have to be made early tomorrow morning by the provost.


March 13, 1985: Astronauts Marc Garneau and Roberta Bondar visit campus.

Editor of the Daily Bulletin: Chris Redmond
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