TORONTO, Sept. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario's professors and academic
librarians are questioning why Ontario has one of the least affordable
university systems in Canada, as revealed in a study released today by
the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The report, Eduflation and the High Cost of Learning, compares university affordability for students across Canada.
"This study shows that students and families have been asked to carry a
huge - and fast increasing - chunk of the cost of higher education in
Ontario," said Constance Adamson, President of the Ontario
Confederation of University Faculty Associations. "The government has
been shifting more and more of the cost burden onto our young people
and their families, and it's time to stop."
Even with the Government of Ontario's 30% Tuition Rebate, Ontario is the
fourth-least affordable province for middle-income students and their
families. For lower-income students, the rebate is only good enough to
make Ontario the second-least affordable place to go to school. For
students who do not receive the rebate, Ontario is the least affordable
province for both middle- and lower-income students.
Worse, the current tuition fee policy - which sees fees rise at five per
cent per year - will gradually undermine the tuition rebate and push
Ontario to the bottom of the affordability index as other provinces
roll back, freeze, or modestly increase their fees.
"We believe that the best way to control tuition costs and ensure
affordability is through sustained public funding of our universities.
Not only does this make it easier for all qualified students to attend,
but it also builds high quality, world-class institutions," said
Unfortunately, Ontario lags behind the rest of Canada in public funding.
The province is currently dead last in terms of per-student operating
funding provided by government. Ontario's universities receive 25 per
cent less funding per student than they did in 1990, despite a huge increase in
enrolment over the past two decades.
"Investing in universities creates jobs and allows students to succeed.
Investing in universities grows our economy. And, investing in
universities builds a strong democratic society," said Adamson. "The
Government of Ontario has invested in universities before, with huge
success. So why aren't they investing now, when we need it more than
Eduflation and the High Cost of Learning was funded by the Ontario University and College Coalition, an
organization of students, faculty, and staff from across the province.
The full report can be found at:
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
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