OTTAWA, September 15, 2016 – The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences applauds today’s announcement by the federal government on the reinstatement of the University and College Academic Staff System (UCASS) survey.
Canada’s academics make vital contributions to the skill development and knowledge production needed to support Canadian innovation, prosperity and equality. A reinstated UCASS survey will help governments, post-secondary institutions, scholarly associations and other stakeholders in the higher education system monitor, understand and respond to changes in the scholarly community, thereby enhancing the overall health of Canada’s academic system.
“National data on socio-economic characteristics of faculty and teaching staff at Canadian institutions is essential to maintaining a high calibre of education in our country,” said Jean-Marc Mangin, Executive Director of the Federation. “Students and teachers at all degree-granting universities and colleges will benefit from the data that this initiative will provide, for years to come.”
About the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. With a membership now comprising over 160 universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 91,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing together more than 8,000 participants each year. For more information about the Federation, visit www.ideas-idees.ca.