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Moderator at 13:11:46
One of our experts will address this in your other question.
Teresa Omiecinski at 13:13:21
Thanks again for your question. At this point, we do not have plans to publish a faculty-student ratio by institution and province, since we do not have full information on university faculty. We are currently in consultations to assess the feasibility of collecting information on part-time university faculty, which would be potentially used in such a ratio.
Michael Martin at 13:16:27
Hi Louise. The UCASS is a census of all public universities. Privately funded universities are excluded. With respect to Part-time, we are currently in consultations to develop the PT part of the UCASS survey after which we will assess feasibility and develop a data collection strategy. The planning is over a three-year span. We’re aiming for 2020. Ranks/level below assistant professor include lecturers, instructors and other teaching staff. Regarding the two-digit code question and factors, could you please clarify your question? Are you referring to CIP?
Teresa Omiecinski at 13:18:31
Thanks very much for your question. After the UCASS survey was reinstated, Statistics Canada was given the mandate to assess the feasibility of collecting information on college level staff. We are currently in consultations with colleges in Canada, to explore how this information could be collected. Trades/vocational instructors are within scope in these consultations and are being considered.
Michael Martin at 13:20:54
Hello Diane. Thank you for your question. Some key results for 2016 are that the proportion of women in the full-time professoriate is growing and approaching parity. The salary gap between men and women is closing.
Also, the professoriate has aged more over the last 50 years compared with the rest of the Canadian working population.
You can find a resume of this on The Daily, and there are also the CANSIM tables you can look at.
Teresa Omiecinski at 13:22:42
Great question!! The medical/dental category is a challenging data element to report. Since there are so many ways of addressing this question, I would be pleased to speak with you directly. We will send you an email shortly after the Chat Session to follow up.
Michael Martin at 13:24:06
Great question @bminaker.
The elements mentioned were chosen for analyses based on the interest of stakeholders and respondents, but there are many other things that can be explored using the UCASS database.
We are currently in consultations to explore the feasibility of adding additional data elements that could facilitate even more detailed analyses. The time frame for this is presently three years.
Teresa Omiecinski at 13:26:44
Hello again @KSnow,
Thanks again for your question. Just to clarify, are you asking whether anyone with a FT workload regardless of status (PT/FT) should be included in the UCASS submission?
Michael Martin at 13:27:21
What you are doing (coding as 9) is the best way to deal with these cases. The only caveat is to make sure that these individuals don’t fit in other categories, such as visiting teachers or visiting staff.
Michael Martin at 13:31:38
Thank you for your question @KSnow
UCASS presently collects a Personal ID. This number currently is a unique identifier produced by the institution and is unique to the institution. This number is commonly an employee ID or another uniquely generated number.
Teresa Omiecinski at 13:35:34
Hello @BrianJ, Thanks for your question. Regarding the CANSIM tables, you will be able to manipulate/filter the data according to the available Add/Remove options in that feature. If you require further details or information, we will contact you after the Chat session regarding your custom request.
Michael Martin at 13:35:34
Thank you for your questions. We hope to release the preliminary 2017/2018 data in early April. We cannot yet give a date for the release of the complete data, but we hope to release them this fall.
We are currently working on the data from 2011/2012 to 2015/2016, and we are trying to release them as quickly as possible this year. For previous years, tables 477-0017 and 477-0018 are available online and go back as far as 1970. If you want data that are not in these tables, they are available through general enquiries.
For college data, we are in consultations and a first release is expected for 2020.
Michael Martin at 13:37:18
That is a very good question @KSnow. We are certainly aware that the collection period for PT will need to be different than it is for FT. This is something that has come up in consultations, and we will consider this more closely once we begin developing a collection strategy after the consultations end later this year.
Teresa Omiecinski at 13:37:59
Good question! The purpose of the UCASS is to collect information on full-time academic teaching staff at Canadian universities. Full-time research staff that have an academic rank and a salary scale similar to teaching staff are also included. Administrators solely responsible for university administration (i.e., presidents, vice-president, registrar, etc.) are excluded.
Michael Martin at 13:41:43
Hi again Louise,
Teaching stream positions can be found in all ranks (including the rank below assistant), assuming that the faculty member is full-time, on contract of 12 months or greater.
With regards to your CIP question, presently, the UCASS data are coded to CIP2000 going back to 1970. We are currently examining updating the UCASS data with the CIP2016, but we do not yet have a timeframe for this.
Moderator at 13:43:08
Our expert has addressed this in your other question.
Teresa Omiecinski at 13:43:35
Thank you for your clarification. Any staff that have a contract of fewer than 12 months in the FT-UCASS survey should be excluded. If you are aggregating the total number of hours of a part-time instructor and it sums to a full workload, then this should not be included in the FT-UCASS report. I would be pleased to further discuss this with you outside of this Chat Session.
Michael Martin at 13:46:59
Hi again @KSnow. The consultation process is still underway, and any suggestions are still welcome. We have not yet made any formal decisions about the specific collection strategy we will use.
Michael Martin at 13:52:54
Equity information, including visible minority, gender, Indigenous, and people with disabilities, has been identified by a number of stakeholders as an important information need. This topic has been included in our consultation discussions, and we are examining the feasibility of collecting this information through the UCASS or whether another data collection strategy is possible.
Teresa Omiecinski at 13:55:42
Thanks for the clarification!! We do not have plans to add more data elements to the CANSIM table 477-123. The UCASS survey collects 27 different data elements, and we have tried as much as possible to include them in the three CANSIM tables that use these data (477-0017, 477-0018 and 477-0123). We are always open to suggestions from our users, as to what else they would like to see in our CANSIM tables. However, the information that you mention on Department can always be provided through a special request.
What Michael is referring to is that we are currently in consultations to assess whether additional data elements should be added to the survey. This could take up to three years before a final decision is made on which additional ones will be added.
Michael Martin at 13:57:30
Hi again @ksnow
Statistics Canada is currently examining this issue.
The working group that is looking at this is exploring developments across the country. Once a formal Statistics Canada Standard has been developed, we will be implementing this for the UCASS.