Volume 93, Issue 72

Tuesday, February 8, 2000


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Research celebration attended by ministers

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Voting tops final forum

Pyramid schemes top campus crime



Budget awaits word from government on funds

By Stephanie Cesca
Gazette Staff

The university's plans for faculty budgets and the future of tuition rates were announced last week at a Board of Governor's meeting, which outlined Western's preliminary budget.

Greg Moran, VP-academic at Western, said although the preliminary budget recommends an initial two per cent budget reduction for faculties, the funding will virtually remain the same as last year due to other funds and programs.

The final budget will be announced sometime in March, after receiving word from the provincial government about operating grants and allowable tuition hikes, he said.

Kerry Delaney, spokesperson for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, said it is premature to speculate when the funds will be allocated to the province. "I don't have an exact date to give you yet," she said, explaining the funds for the Super Build Growth Fund, money set aside to complement the double cohort, have to be allocated first.

However, Moran said universities should have received word in December. "This is far too late to be hearing about tuition and grants."

The university is waiting to hear how high the provincial government says they can raise tuition, Moran said. "They give us a range within which we can set [tuition rates]," he said, adding the university ultimately decides if it needs to be raised at all.

The last time the Ministry set the tuition range, Moran said, universities could raise tuition up to 10 per cent.

Although the possibility exists for tuition levels to go up, Moran said it is not definite at this point. "It all depends on the government." However, he said law students can expect to see a substantial tuition hike, moving the fees more akin to other law schools in the province.

He added, however, it was not plausible to consider a tuition freeze, considering the amount of underfunding from the government. "The problem for us, is it's not a solution to say 'let's freeze tuition' because it's going to affect the quality of one's education."

Still, University Students' Council president SzeJack Tan, who is expecting to meet with Moran later this week regarding tuition, said he plans to push for a freeze. Tan said Western's undergraduate students faced a 9.4 per cent tuition hike two years ago.

"I don't want to make any predictions right now," he said. "There's obviously a lot of factors affecting what's going to happen to fees."

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