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Tuition Increase Approved By CNC Board

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Friday, March 02, 2012 02:14 PM

Prince George, B.C. - The College of New Caledonia’s Board of Governors has voted in favour  of raising tuition by 2% for the 2012/13 academic year.
 
 
The move is estimated to generate about $100,000 for the college. “It will help somewhat, but we still have a lot of work to do,” CNC President John Bowman said. “A 2% tuition increase will work out to about an additional $5 per course or about $50 per year for full-time students, depending upon their program of studies.”

 

The college is working to resolve a potential $2.3 million budget shortfall for the 2012/13 fiscal year, due to rising costs and declining income from tuition revenue and status quo government funding, which was outlined in the provincial budget last month.

 

The preliminary budget decisions recommended to the board include: reallocation of unused budget amounts in a number of areas; inclusion of additional and deferred revenues; non-replacement of some vacant full-time administrative, faculty and staff positions; some consolidation of low enrolment class sections and reductions to low enrolment courses; improved class scheduling; and reductions to expenditures for equipment.

 

“It’s too early to say if there will actually be layoffs,” Bowman said. “We will be seeking to utilize early retirement and voluntary severance options to mitigate the impact on employees.” No suspensions or cancellations of existing services or educational programs are being proposed. “Overall, the impact to students, programs and services will be minimal,” Bowman said. If layoff notices must be issued to employees, they would be communicated to effected employees by March 31, as required in the college’s collective agreement with the faculty union.

 

The final college budget is to be submitted for approval at the April 27th regular board meeting.

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What a shame. This is where some of our young people get started and we have to raise funds off their backs.The government should hang its head in shame.
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"Tuition Increase Approved By CNC Board"

Same as....# of chickens to be used as food for hungry Foxes increased and approved by Foxes.
What we need IMO is to have the government fully fund 100% the cost of any qualified citizen taking history and civics classes.

Without an educated society we can not have an educated functioning democracy. The two are entwined and the priority of any public institution should be to make sure society is educated to a level where it can make responsible choices at election time... this should absolutely be equal opportunity just as each of our votes are... we pay either to educate or we pay for it in civic ignorance.

Society needs to know their history in how we came to be, and what has happened both good and bad in the past in order to have proper perspective on our future. Paying the cost to strengthen our democracy is money well spent. Tax the oil companies to pay for it if need be.

Now if the history and civics courses were fully funded, then that would in effect subsidize the post secondary institutions with greater enrollment to help offset costs for other 'employment' related programs.

Society of all ages could be introduced to the riggers of a post secondary education before committing huge dollars of their own, gaining credits in the process... as well as learning history they would learn english, citing sources, understanding sources, writing papers, and gaining perspective. I encourage it.

History and civics courses should be free where they could be the common square where people of all walks of life come together to learn and debate with fellow citizens. So long as a student passes with a 'C' or more they should have their tuition picked up by the provincial government.

IMHO what kind of society do we want to support?
I don't imagine the instructors at CNC are still making the low wage of $50.00+ an hour like they were in 2000 would they? :(
Maybe the college should have raised the tuition to about 15% over the next three years instead.
Maybe they could save the $100,000 by getting rid of their communications person. I don't see Randall's name mentioned in the article anyway.