Our Faculty Association’s Executive joins CAUT Council and our colleagues at Laurentian and across Ontario…
We are disappointed that the government has persisted with cuts to college and university funding and we wish to make clear that the removal of $90 million from post-secondary operations will not contribute to higher quality education. Unfortunately, the budget makes clear that post-secondary education is not a priority for the provincial government. We believe that Alberta’s post-secondary institutions have a central role to play in diversifying our workforce and building the kind of economy and society that will enable Alberta to move forward in these trying times. However, our post-secondary institutions need appropriate, sustainable funding to achieve this and the ongoing and cumulative cuts are moving the province’s post-secondary institutions in the wrong direction.
Investment in Alberta’s post-secondary education is a choice that the Government of Alberta must make in order to secure a prosperous future for Albertans. We will continue to make the point that post-secondary spending should be seen as an investment in Alberta’s future rather than a short term line item expense. We will also continue our efforts to urge Albertans to work together to convince our Government that investments today in post-secondary education system offer the best hopes for the prosperity of Alberta in the future.
President, The University of Calgary Faculty Association