COFSP argued that the draft policy issued by COCAO's committee was unnecessarily intrusive into the terrain that faculty historically controlled.
The Task Force recommended three provisions to address the issues raised by COCAO and COFSP:
The Board voted unanimously in favor of the recommendations and was supported by the Council of Presidents, COCAO, COFSP, and the Students' Advisory Committee.
The Board expected the universities and the faculty, in particular, to reinforce their efforts to maximize their effectiveness by redirecting resources to new priorities, but from the perspective of COFSP, this was not matched by equally rigorous efforts to improve the financing of the universities, including faculty compensation.
COFSP viewed the initiative in distance education as a potential threat to their control over the curriculum and its delivery, particularly if it meant they had to relinquish rights t o the scholarship and course materials they created (Welsh, 1998).