AB institutions, students "cautiously optimistic" about performance-based funding

January 16, 2020

Some Alberta postsecondary institutions, as well as their students, have expressed a "cautious optimism" about impending changes to the postsecondary governmental funding that will institute a performance-based model, reports CBC. While schools and students alike say they welcome the changes, there are concerns regarding how such a system may disadvantage learners based on school or program choice. In an editorial, Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides said students currently contribute 20% of their educational costs through tuition, while taxpayers account for 50%; tuition changes will adjust those figures to 25% and 45%, respectively. “Ultimately, students want a transparent and accountable model they can hold institutions to," said Council of Alberta University Students Chair Sadiya Nazir. CBC (AB)