Saskatchewan Residents Weigh in on U of S Events

More than one half of Saskatchewan residents support the firing of U of S President Ilene Busch-Vishniac.

Fifty four percent (54%) of Saskatchewan residents support the recent decision made by the University of Saskatchewan’s Board of Governors to fire U of S President Ilene Busch-Vishniac. Specifically, 32% strongly support the decision and 22% somewhat support it. Fully 17% oppose the decision to let the former U of S President go, and nearly three in ten (28%) are unsure. Regionally, support for the removal of the former President is highest in Saskatoon (67%) and lowest in Regina (47%).

Based on the events that have taken place at the university in relation to Dr. Buckingham and the former President, a majority (71%) agree that the reputation of the U of S has been negatively impacted among Saskatchewan residents (27% strongly agree, 44% somewhat agree). A similar proportion (70%) agrees that these events have also tarnished the university’s reputation in the broader academic community in Canada and internationally (28% strongly agree, 42 somewhat agree).

Despite the believed negative impact that recent events have had on the U of S, Saskatchewan residents are divided on whether or not it will be difficult for the university to recruit a highly qualified replacement for President. Specifically, 43% feel it will be challenging for the university to find a suitable candidate, while 40% feel it will NOT be difficult. The remaining 17% are unsure or prefer not to say.

However, slightly more Saskatchewan residents (54%) suspect it will be challenging for the university to recruit highly qualified professors in the future based on the events that have taken place at the university. Three in ten (29%) disagree, feeling that it will NOT be difficult to recruit highly qualified professors in the future. The remaining 17% are unsure or prefer not to say.

Research Details
A total of 800 randomly selected SaskWatch Research™ panel members participated in the online research study from June 3rd to 6th, 2014. Quotas were set by age, gender, and region to match the general population of the province. Since the research is conducted online, it is considered to be a non-probability proportion sample and therefore, margins of error are not applicable.

About SaskWatch Research™
Insightrix began developing its SaskWatch Research™ online market research panel in October 2007, using high-quality techniques including telephone recruitment and referrals from existing panel members. Presently, there are over 15,000 active panel members representing all regions of the province and distributions of the general population. The panel membership closely matches the 2011 Census based on age, gender, household composition, household income, and education. For more information, please visit http://saskwatch.ca.

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