Faculty and staff from across BC's public post-secondary education
system call on new Minister to convene a summit to deal with the
funding crunch at colleges, universities and institutes.
VANCOUVER, Sept. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - The representatives of close to 30,000
faculty and staff who work and teach in BC's colleges, universities and
institutes along with the representatives of BC's post-secondary
students are calling on the new Minister of Advanced Education, John
Yap, to convene a summit of post-secondary education stakeholders to
deal with the ongoing funding crunch in BC's post-secondary education
"Post-secondary education is critical to BC's future, but unless we can
identify ways to improve access and affordability, that future is
looking more uncertain," said Cindy Oliver, President of the Federation
of Post-Secondary Educators. "The new Minister has an opportunity to
chart a new course and this summit could be a positive step in that new
direction," Oliver added.
"Students are feeling the pressure of higher tuition fees and increased
student debt," said Katie Marocchi, BC Chair of the Canadian Federation
of Students. "Unless we find a way to address those problems, the
opportunity of a post-secondary education will become more expensive
and more restricted," Marocchi stressed.
"Whether it is in areas of student support services or technical
training, our members are told to do more with less," added Darryl
Walker, President of the BC Government and Services Employees' Union.
"You can't strengthen, let alone sustain, our post-secondary
institutions following that path," Walker noted.
"The funding crunch in our institutions creates problems in our
communities as well," said Barry O'Neill, President of the Canadian
Union of Public Employees BC. "Our post-secondary institutions play
critical roles in every community where they operate, so under-funding
problems extend into those communities," said O'Neill.
"Our research universities are critical to BC's long-term success, but
those universities are constrained by current funding arrangements,"
stressed Dr. Richard Kool, President of the Confederation of University
Faculty of BC. "If we under-fund those priorities, we are going to
short-change BC's future and that's not something that people in BC
want to see." Kool noted.
A copy of the letter to Minister Yap calling on him to convene a summit
on post-education can be found here: http://fpse.ca/files/uploads/yap120907.pdf
A copy of the letter from institution Presidents to the Minister of
Advanced Education can be found here: http://fpse.ca/files/uploads/Lettter_to_Min-AvEd_fr_Col___Univ_Presidents.pdf
SOURCE: Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC
For further information:
Phillip Legg, FPSE: 604-788-2877
Chris Bradshaw, BCGEU: 604-369-8411
Tania Jarzebiak, CUPE BC: 604-202-6336
Ian Boyko, Canadian Federation of Students: 778-686-7939
Paul Renier, BCIT Faculty Association: 604-828-7503
Rob Clift, CUFA/BC: 604-817-1649