Volume 92, Issue 3

Friday, May 29, 1998

big business


Ivey profs bash admin

By Dave Yasvinski
Gazette Staff

The recent deregulation of Western programs has upset not only students but faculty members of the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Joel Adams, a student senator, sent a letter to members of Western's Board of Governors shortly before last week's Board meeting. The letter, signed by several Ivey professors, outlined the disappointment the majority of students and professors felt about the "unconsensual and uncontrolled increase in tuition."

One of the letter signers, associate business professor Rod White who is a member of the university senate, said although he favours deregulation, he does not support the way the university has done it. The letter asked Board members to consider a compromise, first proposed by Ivey dean Larry Tapp, which would raise tuition to $5,700 for the upcoming year and then to $8,000 for the next year.

"I recognize they need money but it doesn't justify treating students this way – this isn't being done right," White said.

He added it is unfair to do this to people who have already made plans to enter the honours business administration program based on a set of assumptions without announcing changes well ahead of time. "I'm actually ashamed of what the university has done – it doesn't speak well of Western," he said.

Greg Moran, Western's VP-academic, said these are funds the university badly needs and it had to be done so suddenly because of the removal of $20 million from Western's operating grant two years ago. He added administration now has a large responsibility to ensure funding goes to the right students at the right times.

"One way or another we will continue to meet student needs," he said.

Business school professor Ross Archibald, who also signed the letter, said he is worried what people will think about a school that would increase its tuition so drastically without warning. "I predict class sizes will shrink in the first year – we'll lose the best bodies," he said.

Archibald added this is one of the most un-Western things he has ever seen. "It's very much a short-term decision that's in error."

Jeffrey Gandz, associate dean at Ivey, said the tuition hike was expected. "I don't think there is anything the school can do but raise fees – but if stuck between high fees and quality students, we should go for quality," he said.

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