September 10, 2012
Federation Wants Tete-a-tete With Yap
'to deal with funding crunch'
Released by the Federation of Post Secondary Educators
representatives of close to 30,000 faculty and staff who work and
teach in BC's colleges, universities and institutes along with the
representatives of BC's post-secondary students are calling on the
new Minister of Advanced Education, John Yap, to convene a summit of
post-secondary education stakeholders to deal with the ongoing
funding crunch in BC's post-secondary education system.
is critical to BC's future, but unless we can identify ways to
improve access and affordability, that future is looking more
uncertain," said Cindy Oliver, President of the Federation of
Post-Secondary Educators. "The new Minister has an opportunity to
chart a new course and this summit could be a positive step in that
new direction," Oliver added.
"Students are feeling the pressure of higher tuition fees and
increased student debt," said Katie Marocchi, BC Chair of the
Canadian Federation of Students. "Unless we find a way to address
those problems, the opportunity of a post-secondary education will
become more expensive and more restricted," Marocchi stressed.
"Whether it is in areas of student support services or technical
training, our members are told to do more with less," added Darryl
Walker, President of the BC Government and Services Employees'
"You can't strengthen, let
alone sustain, our post-secondary institutions following that path,"
"The funding crunch in our institutions creates problems in our
communities as well," said Barry O'Neill, President of the Canadian
Union of Public Employees BC. "Our post-secondary institutions play
critical roles in every community where they operate, so
under-funding problems extend into those communities," said O'Neill.
"Our research universities are critical to BC's long-term success,
but those universities are constrained by current funding
arrangements," stressed Dr. Richard Kool, President of the
Confederation of University Faculty of BC. "If we under-fund those
priorities, we are going to short-change BC's future and that's not
something that people in BC want to see." Kool noted.
A copy of the letter to Minister Yap calling on him to convene a
summit on post-education can be found
A copy of the letter from institution Presidents to the Minister of
Advanced Education can be found
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