Enrolment, budget trends highlight misaligned priorities at Acadia University

    WOLFVILLE, NS, Oct. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - For the fourth consecutive year
enrolment has dropped at Acadia University, a high ranking, small primarily
undergraduate university in Wolfville, NS. At the same time, administrative
spending at the university has experienced continued growth.
    Earlier this week, the release of audited financial statements for the
2006-07 fiscal year by the Board of Governors at Acadia University coincided
with the release of preliminary enrolment figures by the Association of
Atlantic Universities. The data show that budgetary and enrolment trends that
began upon Dr. Gail Dinter-Gottlieb's appointment as President of Acadia
University have continued. There are 979 fewer students attending Acadia
University today than when Dr. Dinter-Gottlieb arrived on campus in 2003,
representing a 24% decline. Dr. Dinter-Gottlieb also inherited an
administrative sector budget of just over $5 million; she has inflated it by
50% over four years to the $7.7 million figure documented in the 2007 audited
    Figures from the Canadian Association of University Business Officers
(CAUBO), based on audited financial statements of university budgets, also
show that Acadia outspends the national average on administration, while
simultaneously under-spending relative to national averages on academic
instruction. Whereas the average Canadian university allocates 58% of its
budget on academic instruction, Acadia University allots only 50% of its
$76 million budget to academic instruction. Acadia University Faculty
Association President Peter Williams said, "These trends are absolutely
shocking. What is very clear from these data is that channeling more money to
administrators is not the right way to encourage student enrolment. It's time
to reverse these disturbing trends and start reallocating money to where it
can make a real difference. What draws students to Acadia is academic
excellence, not administration."

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For further information: Andrew Biro, AUFA spokesperson, (902)542-1796,
(902)692-9801 (cell), andrew.biro@gmail.com, http://www.caut.ca/aufa/

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