Thursday, March 16, 2006

75.8% VOTE FOR J.D.

The results are in:

244 votes (75.8%) in favour of switching to the J.D.
68 votes (21.1%) not in favour
10 ballots (3.1%) didn't vote

So, the next step is Faculty Board. They have already met internally and they want to move slowly. We will strike up another committee next year and continue this along. The Class of 2007 may have the choice of getting a J.D. (WOOOHOOO!!!)


At 7:35 PM, Anonymous grass said...

they want to move slowly with a 75.8% win? it's not like it was 50+1 - sounds pretty definitive to me. good luck!

At 11:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We voted for it so strongly because we knew that it would be a thourough process. We care about what the alumni think. If it had all turned on this vote alone, the percentage would have been much lower. Probably much closer to 60% from my informal survey of 08's


At 11:58 PM, Anonymous Viet Armis said...

Sorry, I don't buy that premise. Where's the need for a "thorough process?"

This is not brain surgery - it's only a name change. It's been done before. At U of T, it didn't harm the ability of grads to get hired. It didn't harm the availability of education funding sources. In the long run, it didn't harm donations from alumni (in fact, many of them applied to have their degrees changed to the J.D., including Queen's Law Dean Bill Flanagan).

The only reason for the "thorough process" is that the faculty fears that making any change next year will harm alumni relations during the school's 50th anniversary celebration. In other words, a change to a J.D. may affect the "faculty retention and recruitment fund." There is no evidence that it would, but with tuition hikes (read pay hikes) capped at a paltry 8% and 4% they don't want to take any chances.

As for the '07s getting a choice, don't count on it.


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