UWOFA releases statement of opposition regarding Western, Navitas partnership

June 1, 2020

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association has released a statement detailing their opposition to a partnership between Western University and private education services provider Navitas. The partnership in question proposes to create pathways for entry to Western University for some international students who do not meet the school’s first-year entrance standards. Currently, according to UWOFA, Navitas has partnered with 120 postsecondary institutions in eight countries, including Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Reasons for the UWOFA's opposition to the partnership include concerns about privatizing functions of the university, outsourcing labour to precariously employed instructors, the treatment of students as profit-generating commodities, and the compromising of admission requirements and academic standards. UWOFA (ON)