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Women lag behind in earning 
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TANNARA VELLVM) 

CUP Prairies & Northern Bureau Chief 


SASKATOON (CU P) — A recent study - _ , 

reaffirmed ;hr perception that more 

women are graduating from high , > ’« * •_'J,-. 

school and undergraduate programs, 
but the gender divide increases at tlDUM 
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still account for only 47 per cent of 
doctoral enrolments. 

"We have to recognize that there 
are still a lot of general and internal- 
i/ed stereotypes that as a society we 
impose, which we are slowly over¬ 
coming," said University of Manitoba 

graduate students’ association presi- The lone architecture 
dent Meaghan Labine. dent is also a woman. 

“At this point I don’t believe diere But in tloe areas whet 
is any inteniion for there to be less often make the poores: 
women in PhD programs, but rather are still far behind. Th 
that women as a whole are learning to women working alon 
see themselves in professions that only to achieve doctorates i 
a short time ago were unobtainable." and in the bard scient 
labine said that as more women 44 women to 82 men. 
enter certain professions and dis¬ 
ciplines, that will likely encourage 
more women to follow suit. 

Labine’s assertion is backed up by a 
study conducted by the University of 
California Davis, where researchers 
examined female and male students 
at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The 
study found that a teacher’s gender 
had little to no effect on male stu¬ 
dents, but that “it has a powerful 
effect on female students’ perfor¬ 
mance in math and science classes, 
their likelihood of taking future math 
and science courses, and their likeli¬ 
hood of graduating with a [science, 
technology, engineering, or math] 
degree." 

At the U of M, women already out¬ 
number men in doctoral programs 
in several disciplines, from arts and 
education to medicine, where there 
are 67 women and 49 men enrolled. 


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intended to work after receiving their 
degree, wanted to work in universi¬ 
ties and colleges. 

These women will he teaching 
more young men and women, and 
the mere fact of their presence if they 
are standing at the front of a science 
or math class may encourage their 
female students to continue on in 
their fields. 

The good news — at least for dis¬ 
ciplines that already boast a healthy 
percentage of women at the upper 
educational levels — comes in the UC 
Davis study. Having women teach¬ 
ing encourages the women who are 
studying from them. Their confidence 
in their abilities is higher and they are 
more likely to obtain degrees. 

The problem now seems to be 
encouraging more women to con¬ 
tinue from a masters program to a 
doctorate, especially in sciences and 
engineering. 

"One method to address gender 
Imbalance is by promoting gender 
equality and balance within the 
administration and faculty," Labine 
According to StatsCan, of all the said. She felt ibis would be more 
doctorate recipients in Canada in effective than simply "trying to get 
2007-08. 55 per cent planned to more female students through the 
work. Half of the women who door!” 


‘We have to recognize 
that there are still 
a lot of general 
and internalized 
stereotypes tliat as 
a society we impose, 
which we are slowly 
overcoming." 

MEAGHAN LABINE 

PRESIDENT U OF M GRADUATE 
STUDENTS - ASSOCIATION 


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TANNARA YELLAND 

CUP Prairies & Northern Bureau Chief 


assertion tliat negative reactions to benefit to sitting on the committee is 

tuition have to do with a lack of not in directing policy and binding, 
awareness over an institution’s finan- but in "obtaining advance informa- 
cial situation. He says that the U of A tion on what the next year's university 
does communicate with students, but budget will look like." 
that doesn’t mean tuition increases The study found that "while [stu- 
will be well-received. dents] think it might be appropriate 

"1 would say that the current situa- for a university to ask students to pay 
tion that we have [at the U of A] with more to close a budget gap, they also 
all of the consultation that we get is want to see the pain shared," but as 
very good at helping us to understand I.aube explained, students often feel 
why the university is in the positions they have little say in how funds are 
that they are." he said. actually allocated. 

“But 1 don’t necessarily think that Associate Vice President (Risk 
it will make us happy that tuition is Management Services) Phillip Stack 

going up or that budgets are being at the U of A said that students are 
cut.” involved in budget planning and con- 

University of Manitoba Students’ tinned by saying that "it's critical that 

Union President Heather Laube said students actively participate in the 

in a recent email that despite being process." 

involved in planning the U of M’s At the U of A, the presidents of the 
budget each year, students "unfortu- undergraduate and graduate students’ 
nately are often a minority voice on unions sit on several committees that 
the [budget advisory] committee,” see the budget, as well as the ttniversi- 
espedally when asking for lower ty’s board of governors, who approves 
tuition. the budget. There is also a student-at- 

laube said she finds the main large position on the board. 


SASKATOON (CUP) — When stu¬ 
dents know their university is facing a 
budget crisis they are willing to accept 
both tuition increases and budget cuts, 
according to a new study. 

H igher Educat ion St raiegy Associates 
(HESA), a research and strategy group 
for higher education clients, found 
that when asked to consider a univer¬ 
sity’s situation in dealing with a budget 
crisis, most students are willing to see 
their tuition increase. 

Only one student in six said they 
wanted tuition frozen at any cost 
and more than one-third of students 
would accept a five per cent tuition 
increase if it were coupled with 
budget cuts of 7.5 per cent. Another 
third said a tuition increase of 10 per 
cent and budget cuts of five per cent 
would be acceptable. 

University of Alberta Students' 
Union Vice President (Academic) 
James Eastharn disagrees with the 


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