For-profit PSE partnership proposal debated at Carleton

October 8, 2010

Carleton University has struck a 23-member working group to consider a proposal from Navitas, an Australian-based for-profit education company, to establish a college for foreign students on campus. The partnership could be one cost-effective way for Carleton to attract more international students, but opponents worry the plan will mean job losses and further privatization on campus. The president of CUPE 2424, whose members at Carleton have approved a strike mandate, says the proposal could represent "a loss of quite a few jobs to a company that boasts not being union." Navitas has established programs at SFU -- where foreign-student enrolment has nearly doubled in the last 4 years -- and at uManitoba, whose administration was criticized for negotiating the deal without informing the campus community. Ottawa Citizen