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MSS SC 81

Title: National Conference of Canadian Universities fonds

Dates: 1911?

Extent: 0.1 cm of textual records

Administrative History: The National Conference of Canadian Universities (NCCU) was founded in 1911 with thirteen member universities. Its purpose was to provide a forum in which the universities' administrators could discuss common problems. It met twenty times in the years 1911 to 1944. During the Second World War, the organization established a central office and staff. The Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences 1949-1951 (The Massey Commission), recommended the payment of federal subsidies to the universities; since Article 93 of the British North American Act reserved education for the provinces' jurisdiction these subsidies were administered by the NCCU, which thereby gained prestige and enlarged its permanent staff. To this end of administering federal subsidies, the conference was legally incorporated on January 18, 1957, as the National Conference of Canadian Universities and Colleges (NCCUC) to include colleges as well. With an increase of member colleges as well as various subsidiary bodies, the NCCUC became so complex in structure that it deemed desirable to institute a distinct corporation that would manage the subsidies. Thus the Canadian Universities Foundation (CUF) was incorporated on February 4, 1959, as the executive agency of the NCCUC. The CUF remained closely associated with the NCCUC, having the same membership and its president being elected by the NCCUC. Consequently, on April 3, 1965, federal legislation joined the two organizations as the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). Today (2002) AUCC represents 93 Canadian public and private not-for-profit universities and colleges. It provides a forum for discussion and a framework for action at the federal level, facilitating the development of public policy on higher education. Membership ranges from small, undergraduate liberals arts institutions to large, multi-campus universities offering a broad selection of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. Each member institution is represented by its executive head. AUCC business is conducted by a 13-member board of directors.

Custodial History: The fonds was previously classified as UA SC 21 but was reclassified as MSS SC 81 in 2005 to more accurately reflect its provenance.

Scope and Content: The fonds consists of two copies of a draft constitution of the National Conference of Canadian Universities.

Source of Supplied Title: Title based on provenance of fonds.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.

Finding Aid: Finding aid is currently unavailable.