BC faculty associations alarmed by pending college layoffs

March 30, 2008

The BC Federation of Post-Secondary Educators is sounding the alarm about layoffs and looming program cuts at several colleges in British Columbia, largely fuelled by declining enrolments because of a booming economy.  As we mentioned last week, BC colleges and universities are facing an average budget cut of 2.6%.  Vancouver Community College faces a $5.8 million shortfall next year, despite "doubled" tuition in recent years, and therefore plans to eliminate 36 instructor positions and 1,000 student spots.  Malaspina University-College also reports that "significant layoffs are inevitable," and the University College of the Fraser Valley faces a $1.8 million shortfall and is considering cancelling new programs or deferring planned hires.  The Province | Malaspina Faculty News Release | BC Local News