FNUC Says AUCC Recommendations Being Followed

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 14:41



The vice-president of the First Nations University of Canada says the school has completed most, if not all, of the recommendations handed to it by an outside regulatory body.


Earlier this year, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada placed the FNUC on probation.


The AUCC said it was concerned over how the school was being governed, and also indicated it was troubled by public concerns over academic freedom.


But Al Ducharme says the school has taken steps to answer those concerns.


Ducharme says, for starters, it has reduced the size of its board of directors from 33 individuals to 19.


He hopes these moves and others will convince the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs to come through with an extra $1 million the school says it needs.


Indian Affairs has gone on record as saying it wants to see a business plan first.


Meanwhile, the university has signed a new exchange agreement with a school from Taiwan.


Earlier this week, officials from both the FNUC and the National University of Taiwan finalized the agreement.


Under the terms of the deal, students from either school will be given the opportunity to visit each other’s campuses to learn from their respective systems.