With the new year, Ontario universities begin the final year of the second phase of the province`s strategic mandate agreement. This second phase, sMA2, will run from 2017 to 2020 and is part of a three-step process, which began with the implementation of Phase 1 (2014-2017). The initiative is supported by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and has been agreed upon by 21 Ontario universities with the stated goal of “promoting student success and institutional excellence.” The agreements aim to “encourage institutions to cooperate with the government to help create a highly skilled workforce and to focus on cooperation and openness. They focus on each institution`s strengths in improving quality and results, as well as expected enrollment growth and financial sustainability. The agreement aims to gather quantitative information aggregated on several main themes, including: (a) the experience of students; b) innovation in teaching and learning; (c) access and justice; (d) the excellence and impact of research; and (e) innovation, economic development and community engagement. Some examples could be considered on student employment levels, graduation rates, the share of spending on student services and employment rates for higher education graduates. UWOFA is concerned about how the search for a university degree and the nuances of academic experience can be integrated into an interpretive algorithm. By working with such defined and immutable parameters, this data-based research sets a dangerous precedent in which a simple speadsheet error could transform government policy and funding. To quote Kalev Leetaru in a recent Article from Forbes, when he stated that “data with truth and … Doubtful results are accepted as a fact by the gilded veneer of the data.¬†John Ciriello, President of UWOFA, said, “During this process, we will continue to work closely with deans and other members of our university and local community to ensure that we can develop an ADM that best presents and supports our members. However, we intend to continue to observe the evolution of the funding model in many departments and the long-term impact of this erroneous policy. The current Ontario government has shown its disregard for workers` rights by bypassing the collective bargaining process through Bill 124 and making progress in the future, linking university funding to a series of performance indicators that compromise the quality and integrity of our institution. During the third phase of the agreement, SMA3, which runs from 2020 to 2025, effective funding allocations in universities will be linked to their performance due to the extremely inadequate indicators of the agreement.