Maintaining our autonomy
Do public universities have to justify their existence? Increasingly, the answer is yes. Faced with growing competition, a global recession and a poor understanding of their civic role, universities face mounting pressure to be more accountable to students, government and the public. The stakes for universities are high—including their ability to maintain independent control over daily operations and curricula. This fourth edition of ViewPointAcademic, a newsletter produced by the Vice-President Academic’s office, looks at ways SFU is working to increase its accountability as a means of maintaining its autonomy.