MSS SC 81
Title: National Conference of Canadian Universities
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
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this
Finding Aid: Finding aid is currently unavailable.