LETHBRIDGE - The University of Lethbridge has come out with a number of proposals to deal
with a 7.3 percent funding reduction in their operating budget from the province. That percentage amounts to a loss of just under $12-Million to the continuing operating budget.
University officials don't plan on replacing all positions lost through he Academic Staff
Voluntary Retirement Program. They also want to reduce the Life-cycle Equipment
Allocation by a million dollars. As well, there is a proposes student administrative
fee increase to $37.50 per course and it's hoped an additional $900,000 a
year will be brought in from increased international student tuition fees.
University President Mike Mahon says, "This new landscape is the most
challenging landscape institutions in this province have faced for many many
years, so our challenge is to balance our values around access, with our values
around quality and our values around people, so when we look at the cost that
students are bearing today and potentially in the future in terms of these
increases, we still see that we are the University in the CARI sector that has
the lowest tuition and the lowest fees and this is important for us."
Mahon says this is an ongoing process and they will continue to seek input on
A summary of the ideas have been posted to http://www.uleth.ca/budget-finance/content/summary