Sunday, 12 May 2013

TorontotheBetter supports UofT Transition Year Programme against funding removal

With their Idle No More campaign Canada's First Nations have been successful in bringing to global attention the the shameful treatment of indigenous groups in Canada and around the world. Transition Year Programmes like the University of Toronto's were created to help First Nations students enjoy university educations in an environment where most national education systems, like ours, make it difficult for them to progress to post-secondary education. So, it is with shock and dismay that we have learned of the University of Toronto's decision to withdraw funding for the UofT programme. TorontotheBetter calls on readers of this blog to support the call to restore funding by submitting to the relevant decision-makers a letter of the kind suggested below.
On behalf of the TYP Preservation Alliance
We, the undersigned, are students, faculty, staff and allies who believe that Post-Secondary education should be accessible, affordable, and a reflection of the complex and multiple lived experiences of students, faculty and staff. We recognize that our current model of Post-secondary education underserves members of marginalized communities, such as African-Canadians, Aboriginal Peoples, LGBTQ students, members of the working class, persons with disabilities, and single parents or children of single parents. We recognize that The Transitional Year Program (TYP) is the University of Toronto's premier access and equity entrance program for adults without formal qualifications for admission. Founded in 1970, The Transitional Year Program is a model for supporting academic excellence, and equity and access in academia throughout Canada and North America. We are opposed to recent threats made by the University of Toronto’s Vice-President’s Office to TYP, including, but not limited to: the freezing and withholding of its current budget, non-renewal of staff contracts, a refusal to replace recently retired full time staff positions, a proposal to physically remove TYP from its current location (in an attempt to streamline with the Academic Bridging programme offered at Woodsworth College), and the slow but steady degradation of TYP’s autonomy. We call on the University of Toronto to uphold its commitment to access and equity ensuring the Transitional Year Programme as an autonomous program with concomitant funding, full time staffing and compensation, control over its admissions and curriculum, a distinct and separate physical space and a substantially increased expansion of its ability to engage with the most vulnerable of individuals and communities.
Please cut and paste this letter in support of TYP to:

Professor Cheryl Misak
Vice-President and Provost
Simcoe Hall, 27 Kings College Circle, room 225
Toronto, ON M5S 1A1 Canada.
Tel:416 -978-2122
Professor Meric Gertler
Office of the President
University of Toronto
27 King’s College Circle, Room 206
Toronto ON Canada
M5S 1A1
The Director of the
Transitional Year Program,
Francis Ahia at:


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