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Ontario, Education Dept,
THEIR HISTORY AND ORGANIZATION
WITH AN OUTLINE OF
British and American University
APPENDIX TO THE REPORT OF THE MINISTER OF EDUCA-
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Chapter IX. Roman Catholic Universities of Ontario
A. King's College Charter and Land Grant .
For several years the desirability of revising and consolidating the laws with respect to the University of Toronto has pressed itself upon my attention. Owing to the amendments made by the Legislature during the last twenty years, the Statutes under which the University is administered have become somewhat obscure. As it is an exceedingly difficult matter to incorporate amendments into an Act of Parliament without affecting the arrangement and symmetry of existing sections, a complete revision of the Act was therefore necessary.
More important, however, than the symmetrical arrangement of the Statutes, was the introduction of such amendments as would increase the efficiency of the University, and prevent confusion in its government or collision between the different bodies having authority in its administration. The investigation held last year before a Royal Commission showed very clearly that, at least as far as discipline is concerned, there was great dificulty in determining the jurisdiction of those concerned in the management of University affairs.
The growth of the University and the place which it fills in our educational system have also increased the responsibility of the Legislature in dealing with it. In the brief period of ten years, the attendance of students has increased from 348 to 875. The Senate of the University, in the exercise of its right to fix the standard