The lack of increase in funding for Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions have some people concerned.
One of them is University of Regina President Dr. Vianne Timmons, who says the flat budget is going to make for a challenging year. Similar sentiments were also echoed by the University of Saskatchewan President Peter Stoicheff, who attributed the university’s latest tuition hike to the decreases in the 2017-2018 budget.
Following Wednesday’s sitting of the Legislature, Minister of Advanced Education Tina Beaudry-Mellor addressed the concerns, saying she understands very well where Timmons and Stoicheff are coming from.
“Obviously, I’m happy we got to zero on the operating side, I know that creates some challenges,” she said. “So, I have met with the board of governors of the three major institutions on how we might move forward in this file.”
One of the ways Beaudry-Mellor recommended was through diversifying the existing funding pool before making any cuts. She also said universities are examining ways to generate more opportunity for students and existing faculty.
“I know that the University of Saskatchewan, for example, their Board of Governors is looking at revenue generation opportunities,” she noted. “Sask Polytechnic has always been of having strong industry partnerships and I think that’s one of the reasons 90% of it’s students graduate with a job offer.”