Response to the USask TransformUS strategic plan and fate of Prof. Robert Buckingham

The London Chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild has posted an excellent analysis of recent developments at the University of Saskatchewan.  I am reposting it here as it points to underlying problems at this university,  which remain ongoing despite the departure of the President and Provost…….

PLG London

In early May, the dean of Health Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) was fired for writing an open letter called “Silence of the Deans,” criticizing its new strategic plan, TransformUS. The university justified its actions, saying that Professor Buckingham had betrayed the trust of the university administration by publicly criticizing the TransformUS project.

TransformUS is the name of the University of Saskatchewan’s strategic plan aimed at reducing costs and making the University more fiscally efficient. The plan is still in the development stages and has not yet been formally adopted by the University. U of S estimates it will save $25 million in total if it adopts the plan and will be more likely to avoid incurring a deficit in the future. The current version of the plan also involves reallocating $5 million to invest in the growth of programs that have been given “priority” status by the…

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