The University of Regina has announced reductions associated with cost cutting due to the 2017 provincial budget funding drop.
In addition to the 13 university supported positions laid off in April, the U of R has laid off a further eight people, eliminated 11 vacant positions, and reduced hours for three vacant positions.
Despite an uncertain future when it comes to funding, Thomas Chase, the U of R’s Provost and V.P Academic says the rise in the school’s tuition was the lowest in recent years.
“Obviously tuition is a major concern for students, our average increase this year was 2.5 per-cent, which was less than it’s been the last number of years, but we’re very aware of the effect that has on students, many of whom are working jobs or multiple jobs to pay the bills,” chase said on Wednesday.
The University saw 7-million dollars of its annual funding dropped as part of the cuts of the Wall Government budget.
Chase added the university was a little taken aback by that number mainly due to the fact they provide over half a billion dollars for the provincial economy and are a major driving force when it comes to the future of the province and country.
The university also has the best employment outcomes among all post-secondary institutions in Saskatchewan.
Areas affected by the reductions include the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, Human Resources, Faculty of Education, Library, Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative, Faculty of Nursing, Facilities Management, Faculty of Media, Art and Performance and Faculty of Social Work.