NORTH VANCOUVER, May 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Students, staff and faculty will
rally at Capilano University at 5pm Tuesday calling on the University's
Board of Governors to reject a destructive budget proposed by President
Kris Bulcroft. The Board meets at 7pm to make its decision.
If approved, cuts to areas such as Adult Basic Education (ABE),
Community Development and Outreach (CDO), and Family Focus would reduce
or eliminate programs, courses and services for vulnerable and
marginalized individuals and communities.
The budget cuts would also see the elimination of the Studio and Textile
Arts programs, the German Language program, the Computing Science
program, the highly successful Illustration/Design: Elements and
Applications (IDEA) program, as well as courses in Philosophy, Pure and
Applied Sciences, Social Sciences, and many others.
Tuesday's rally is the culmination of two weeks of letter writing,
picketing, and lobbying since the cuts were announced on April 24th.
On May 7th a galvanized university community persuaded the University's Senate to
vote against recommending the budget to the Board, citing insufficient
time to evaluate the budget and the absence of an academic plan.
Despite repeated calls for clarification, President Bulcroft has been
unable to provide specific criteria for her decisions. The organizing
work of the university community prompted North Vancouver NDP candidate
Craig Keating BC and NDP leader Adrian Dix to call on the Board to
suspend its decision until after the provincial election. The
Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (FPSE) has also called on the
Board to postpone decision on the budget, and is seriously considering
a lawsuit in BC Supreme Court if the Board goes ahead.
Tuesday's rally will take place in front of the Library building, where
Board members eat their supper prior to the meeting. Protestors plan to
attend the meeting when it begins at 7pm.
SOURCE: Capilano University Faculty Association
For further information:
Phillip Legg at 604-788-2877