TORONTO, May 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario's 17,000 professors and academic
librarians are calling on Premier Wynne to invest in the province's
universities after today's budget missed an opportunity to introduce
new funding for higher education institutions. The 2013 Budget
continues to impose small cuts on the university sector, leading to an
overall decline in per-student funding.
"Ontario already has the worst level of per-student funding in Canada,
and this budget continues this trend," says Constance Adamson,
President of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty
Associations (OCUFA). "We're pleased to see that youth and youth
employment are priorities for Premier Wynne. Investing in universities
is a natural way to ensure that young Ontarians will find success in
the job market and in their communities."
Increasing the level of per-student funding in Ontario would bring many
benefits to young people in the province. There would be more
professors, improving student engagement and mentorship. Aging labs,
libraries, and classrooms would be upgraded, contributing to an
enhanced learning environment. Students would have greater access to
the latest technology. Increased per-student funding would also help
control rising tuition fees, keeping university affordable for Ontario
"We're worried that the narrow focus on reducing the provincial deficit
is crowding out other priorities equally important to Ontarians.
Investment in universities helps reduce the deficit by stimulating
economic growth and building a strong society," said Adamson.
Austerity policies that seek to reduce the deficit through cuts to
valuable public services like education are now widely seen as harmful
to economic growth. The International Monetary Fund is now cautioning
governments against aggressive deficit reduction.
"Austerity is based on sketchy research, and has failed to generate
economic growth around the world," said Adamson. "We should be
investing in the things that we know lead to economic growth and social vitality, like our universities."
Founded in 1964, OCUFA represents 17,000 professors and academic
librarians in 27 faculty associations across Ontario. For more
information, please visit the OCUFA website at http://www.ocufa.on.ca.
SOURCE: Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
For further information:
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