Volume 95, Issue 54

Tuesday, January 9, 2002
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Queen's seeks deregulation; students hold their breath

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

A controversial Queen's University proposal to the provincial government, which calls for the deregulation of the school's undergraduate arts and science programs, is likely to be rejected.

"There's no plans in place to change our policy," said Ministry of Training, Colleges and University spokeswoman Tanya Cholakov, of the province's stance not to allow deregulation.

Last fall, the Kingston school sent a detailed proposal to the provincial government asking for the power to set their own tuition levels in response to a need for increased funding.

Like other proposals sent to the government for initial inspection, discussions with Queen's have remained private and there is no deadline for a final decision to be made, Cholakov said.

However, after talking to ministry officials, Ontario Undergraduate Student Association president and University Students' Council VP-education Erin McCloskey is confident the topic is already a dead issue.

"If [approval to turn the proposal into a bill] were to happen, it would have happened before the [legislature] left for Christmas," she said.

Queen's has already deregulated its professional programs and university officials say it is necessary to do the same to other programs in order to maintain high quality education.

"I see the quality deteriorating and it seems the only way to resolve the situation is to deregulate," said Queen's dean of arts and science Bob Silverman, who said his faculty was cut by 22 members last year. "Without it we will be in real trouble."

"We're not looking to be an Ivy League school," he said. "But it's been proven with three consecutive provincial governments – no more funding will be coming from them."

Last year, a student referendum at Queen's found 92 per cent of arts and science students opposed deregulation.

Queen's Alma Mater Society president Scott Courtice said, in a letter to the school's administration, that while Queen's students have supported moderate tuition raises in the past, they are unwilling to bend on this issue.

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