TORONTO, May 17 /CNW/ - The University of Toronto Students' Union
(U.T.S.U.), Local 98 of the Canadian Federation of Students, has
collected signatures from thousands of UofT stakeholders opposing the
proposed flat fee tuition model for students in the Faculty of Arts and
Science. The University is seeking to permanently switch from a
pay-per-course model to a flat programme fee. The flat fee model
unjustifiably increases tuition fees by up to 66% for an undergraduate
education. In response to the outcry of the community, U.T.S.U. has
delivered over 4,000 individually signed petition cards to the office
of University President David Naylor.
The petition, part of a broader 'Stop Flat Fees' campaign, calls on the
University Administration to take measures to ensure education is
accessible, collaborate with students, staff and faculty on future
proposals and see public sector funding increase.
"We want the administration to work with us to lobby for increased
government funding, rather than continuing to impose fee increases for
students." says Danielle Sandhu, U.T.S.U. President. With tuition fees
increasing beyond the rate of inflation, students are taking on heavier
financial burdens to afford an education. The campaign has gathered
support not only from current students, but faculty, parents,
prospective students, as well as community organizations and Union
U.T.S.U. is also concerned about the University's research around the
impact of flat fees on students in the University's largest faculty.
During a 2009-2011 trial program, flat fees were charged to thousands
of incoming students. Subsequent research was to be undertaken by the
University Administration to assess the model's impact on accessibility
to education, student engagement and academic performance. Less than 50
students paying a flat fee were surveyed. U.T.S.U. finds the quality of
the research surprisingly inadequate for the academic institution.
The University of Toronto Students' Union is accountable to 44,000
full-time undergraduate students at the University of Toronto's St.
George and Mississauga campuses.
SOURCE University of Toronto Students' Union
For further information:
Danielle Sandhu, U.T.S.U. President: 647-986-2586
Shaun Shepherd, U.T.S.U. Vice-President External: 416-556-2405
Tanya Speight, U.T.S.U. Communications & Outreach Coordinator: 416-978-4911 ext 232