Volume 95, Issue 77
Tuesday, February 19, 2002
Dean: don't expect Toronto-like tuition
Western won't see large increase
By Joel Brown
At last Friday's Senate meeting, Western's dean of law said it is unlikely tuition at Western law school will jump to the levels proposed at the University of Toronto and Queen's University.
"I doubt we'll be going to the extreme in terms of tuition increases we've seen at other law schools," said dean Ian Holloway. Currently, both U of T and Queen's have tabled proposals that would see tuition at their law schools eventually climb to over $20,000.
At the meeting, Holloway announced that Western, along with Ontario's four other law schools York and Windsor included have commissioned the Law Society of Upper Canada to conduct a study on accessibility.
Tuition at Western's law school, now $7,500, will rise to $8,500 if a current recommendation by VP-academic Greg Moran is approved.
Moran said he hopes plans for a multi-year budget, including tuition increases and faculty budgets, will soon be announced.
He presented his preliminary recommendations for faculty budgets and tuition fees for the 2002/2003 year to Senate, allowing Senate members to ask for clarification of any points. Senators will be able to voice concerns about the proposal in the spring, at which time adjustments may be made and the budget sent to the Board of Governors for final approval.
Moran is proposing tuition hikes in most programs, with fees for international students and honours business administration students facing the highest increases.
Much of the meeting revolved around concerns surrounding the looming double cohort and its effects. Moran reiterated the need to determine how many professors will be required in each faculty so that Western can continue to be a research intensive institution.
"If students pour into a particular program and we're not prepared for it, then faculty will not be able to concentrate on their scholarly work and research," Moran said.
However, Western president Paul Davenport said it is proving difficult to get a concrete idea of what programs will see an increase in demand. The task has been especially hard at Western, where, locally, prospective university students are more likely to go elsewhere. Only 12 per cent of last year's OAC students entering Western came from Middlesex County.
"There's some uncertainty with regard to which specific programs and universities will see great application increases," he said.
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