18
Nov
09

western worries – Alberta, BC to doff their tuition caps?

There is a troubling wind blowing across the west. Like the Chinook, which melts the frozen prairies, this wind theatens to melt the the freeze on real tuition that exists in both BC and Alberta.

The caps – 2% in BC and 1.5% in Alberta – have kept the cost of tuititon from rising drastically during the course of a degree. These caps are good policy. If you want to see more of my thoughts on this, take a look at this, which I am delighted to have written, as it is (no joke) the lowest rated article on the Ubyssey, bottoming out at a -40, and this, which was a follow up.

However, this appears to be in jeopardy. According to the Calgary Herald, the provincial Tories, in what appears to be a concerted effort to alienate everyone, has reported that the government is “to consider lifting tuition cap“. Now, this doesn’t surprise me, as it appears that, if it is a bad decision, the Tories will make it, but I hope that the BC government shows a little more sense.

Pierre Oulette, the VP Finance of UBC, and someone whom I actually hired, is desperate to meet the funding shortfalls that are dogging the institution. The university is going to be actively lobbying the province to lift the soft cap and allow for more precipitious increases.

Across the west, the predictability of the cost of an education is being threatened. For those of you in Calgary, check out the SU’s “Recession Era Education” event. For those of you in Vancouver, I wouldn’t expect much, as the executive are apparently a bunch of war criminals.

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1 Response to “western worries – Alberta, BC to doff their tuition caps?”


  1. November 18, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I’ll be sure to ask him about this at tonight’s budget presentation at Senate!


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