Volume 95, Issue 48

Tuesday, November 27, 2001
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Western support staff may strike

CHRW forgoes hygiene for cash

Brutal tales from Kunduz

Western must cover Games debt

Another tuition increase at Western?

Profs, store owners differ on economy

Western and Fanshawe get together

Vandalism and rolling stops

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Another tuition increase at Western?

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

Western students in unregulated programs should expect a tuition increase to accommodate the school's upcoming budget, according to school officials.

Western's administration announced last week that students in private programs such as medicine, law and business may have to shoulder much of the school's financial burden as Western looks for ways to accommodate next year's budget, which is set to be presented as early as March 2002.

"Tuition fees are an increasingly important source of revenue at Western," said VP-academic Greg Moran. "Because of a two per cent freeze in tuition [mandated by the provincial government] in regulated programs, there will be phases of increased tuition in others."

Moran blamed the need to raise tuition on what he believes to be a lack of support from the provincial government. While he admitted Western has received more funding from the provincial government, Moran said it is only enough to cover costs for the influx of new students the school is expecting as a result of the double cohort.

"There's dramatic underfunding by the government of Ontario," Moran said. "They have to come to the realization that an investment in the universities of Ontario is a key investment in our future."

Tanya Cholakov, spokeswoman for Ontario's Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, said the provincial government has done a good job of providing support.

"We haven't told any universities to increase their tuition," Cholakov said.

Josh Morgan, chair of the Student Caucus on Governance for Western's Senate, supported the school's view that the provincial government is not providing enough funding, but disagreed that students should be responsible for making up the lack of support.

"I don't think the answer is raising tuition," Morgan said.

"The university is in a tough position because it wants to maintain an increased quality of professors and keep Western's solid research base, but it needs to consider that an increased level of accessibility would make sure the best students come here," he said.

Moran said despite the expected increase in tuition for unregulated programs, 30 per cent of any increase at the undergraduate level and 75 per cent at the graduate level will be set aside for student aid.

The budget adjustment has also been affected by numerous other factors, including the economic effects of Sept. 11 and expected payroll inflation as a result of new working agreements with the school's various unions, Moran added.

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