TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2011 /CNW/ - The Liberal platform commitments are
great for students, families, postsecondary institutions and for the
province, the Council of Ontario Universities acknowledged today as the
promises will dramatically enhance the affordability of higher
"We support all measures that can both improve access for students and
ensure sufficient funding for Ontario universities so they can maintain
the high quality and international competitiveness of their academic
programs," says Alastair Summerlee, Chairman of the Council and
President of the University of Guelph.
Students of families earning less than $160,000 will see up to a $1600
reduction in their tuition funded by government and provided through
the university in which they are registered.
"We appreciate that this is a significant platform commitment and
demonstrates the priority that the Liberals have given to higher
education over their mandate," says Bonnie Patterson, President and CEO
of COU. "We are also grateful for the investment in 60,000 new
students expected in our universities over the next five years, as more
and more students and their families recognize the importance of higher
education," says Patterson.
The Conservative platform also included funding for the 60,000 new
spaces and enhancements to student aid through the Ontario Student
Assistance Program and universities look forward to hearing the
intentions of the other parties.
SOURCE Council of Ontario Universities
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