FNUC President Confident Of AUCC Approval

Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 13:49



The president of First Nations University of Canada says his institution has made the necessary changes in order to regain full membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.


The FNUC was placed on probation by the AUCC after a major upheaval three years ago that saw many administrators and faculty either get fired or quit because of what they called political interference.


Charles Pratt says the AUCC’s biggest concern was governance, and Pratt believes that issue has been addressed.


Previously, the university’s board of governors consisted of 32 people.


An all-chiefs task force recommended 13 people be on the board.


Pratt says the board tried to find some middle ground to satisfy all the stakeholders — and that’s why they settled on 18 voting governors, and nine advisory members.


He also says when just the voting members are counted, the reduction from 32 to 18 members is a “big move”.


FNUC will find out whether it has regained its membership on April 1st — but Pratt is confident it will.