Dal report identifies options to address $17.5-million shortfall

January 18, 2013

Dalhousie University's Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) has released its first discussion report for 2013-14, which identifies a $17.5-million shortfall that will have to be made up through spending cuts, efficiencies, and increased revenue. The report outlines a few of the options BAC is considering to find $17.5 million in the university's budget. Among them is larger fee increases in areas where it typically costs more to deliver competitive programs and services: medicine, law, dentistry, and the differential fee for international students. But all these groups have faced larger fee increases in recent years than the rest of Dal, so further hikes have to be carefully considered. Another option is budget cuts. If the institution were to try to address its budget shortfall only through spending cuts, and applied them as it has in previous years, all units would be asked to cut their budgets by 7.5%. Dal News