AB tuition freeze “unsustainable,” says UAlberta president

October 25, 2016

The Alberta government’s decision to maintain a tuition freeze for 2017-18 is “unsustainable,” according to University of Alberta President David Turpin. In a UAlberta board of governors meeting last Friday, Turpin reportedly said that he was “very concerned” about the government’s unwillingness to offset losses in domestic tuition for the next academic year, adding that “the public policy to freeze tuition, that’s fine, but there’s cost and … someone has to pay for it. If we don’t receive backfill, it’s a cut, a pure and simple cut to programs.” The AB Government has stated that it plans to spend the next year reviewing its funding processes with an aim to establish a new PSE tuition and fee model for the beginning of the 2018-19 fall semester. Edmonton Journal