University Affairs blog, Oct. 29, 2013: “Sifting through the scant data on contingent faculty”
A blog posted to the University Affairs website on Oct. 29, 2013 included inaccurate information regarding the number of courses and students taught by Contract Academic Staff at Laurier. In response, the University provides the following statement to clarify two key assertions.
First, it is important to note that the number of courses taught by Contract Academic Staff (CAS) at Laurier is governed by the collective agreement agreed to by full-time faculty. According to the full-time contract, which the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association (WLUFA) negotiated and approved, the total number of courses taught by CAS members cannot exceed 35 per cent of the courses offered in an academic year.
Second, using the language and course definitions agreed to by WLUFA in the full-time contract, the university calculates that about 45 per cent of Laurier students - not 52 per cent - are enrolled in a course taught by a CAS member.
In the current round of collective bargaining with the CAS, the university remains committed to reaching an agreement that is in the best interests of students and the institution.