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    I have been hearing a rumour going around (which seems more and more likely) that the Post secondary sector is going to see a 9% cut this budget year. If this is true, this would be disastrous for the UofA which got a 7% cut two years ago and no increases last year. This is at a time when population of Edmonton is growing, so is the demand for post secondary education. The UofA is the third largest post secondary institution in the country and essential to the success of Edmonton as a whole. Counting in increasing costs due to inflation, the UofA will suffer upwards of a 20% cut if the last 3-4 years.

    If this is to happen, we will be seeing mass layoffs at the UofA, complete abandonments of several research projects and a substantial decrease in programs offered and the quality of education provided. The UofA would be forced to streamline itself into a technical school like NAIT or SAIT and would be urged to produce professionals as fast as possible with very little capital support needed from the province. It would be the end of the University of Alberta as we know it.

    After the 7% cut, many of UofA's prominent professors have already left. Arts is struggling to still cope with the cuts handed out 3 years ago, and another 9% cut will more or less leave the Faculties of Arts and Science crippled.

    Macewan will also face a similar problem. So, I wanted to start a thread specifically on this, on the upcoming budget for post secondary institutions in this city and further if these institutions will survive 2015.

    Couple links on how the president of the UofA is speaking out.
    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/capac...692/story.html

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...ticle22973032/

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    The problem with this province is that we are going through a bust almost solely because of oil prices. You'd think that after all this time and all the money that was generated during the booms that we'd have a more diversified economy by now.

    Taking the funds out of medicine and education will only diminish the chances of a truly diversified economy.

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    Preach it! The supposedly (but not actually) "progressive" Redford gleefully slashed post-secondary funding at the first politically expedient opportunity to do so. I don't trust Jim Prentice not to do further damage.

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    Post-secondary so often seems to be the whipping boy when it comes to government cuts. The baby boomers racked up the debt. They already have there's. Their retirement is set. So who cares about the kids? Too bad this is a generation where higher education is more important than ever. What high school used to be, university/college is now. You simply can't get a decent job without it. But now the baby boomers in power, in all their wisdom, are making it harder to obtain it!
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    The pesky U of A researchers do annoying things like criticize the government and expose corruption / environmental cover ups / political misdoings.

    Safer to cut their budget and spend it on things that matter, like subsidies for oil companies to ensure they will back back taking billions of profits overseas within a couple years.

    While we're at it, don't forget to cut the Auditor General's budget. Yeah, it is the most efficient and effective program in the entire government, and their findings end up saving us more money than they cost but... You never know what kind of unfortunate reports they will release about government spending habits. Just look at what happened to poor Alison!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaerdo View Post
    The pesky U of A researchers do annoying things like criticize the government and expose corruption / environmental cover ups / political misdoings.
    I think this has a lot to do with it. Hate to pull out the tinfoil hat but yeah...
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    4% cut to Post Secondary in the next two years.

    No funding for additional room for the UofA.
    No funding for the Galleria project.


    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/...891/story.html


    The UofA would have to further cut most of its budget. Several programs will be cut dramatically, the faculty of arts (one of the oldest faculties in Western Canada) will probably be reduced to nothing after close to a 15-18% cut since 2013.

    The University will be hosting a campus forum on Tuesday March 31st to discuss the budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaskar21 View Post
    4% cut to Post Secondary in the next two years.

    No funding for additional room for the UofA.
    No funding for the Galleria project.


    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/...891/story.html


    The UofA would have to further cut most of its budget. Several programs will be cut dramatically, the faculty of arts (one of the oldest faculties in Western Canada) will probably be reduced to nothing after close to a 15-18% cut since 2013.

    The University will be hosting a campus forum on Tuesday March 31st to discuss the budget.
    Tuition increases would help them.

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    ^that's probably what's going to happen. I feel bad for people just getting into university, luckily im almost on my way out, I couldn't imagine the costs of it in the future.

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