Crisis is an opportunity to invest in BC higher ed

May 22, 2020

“With no new funding being provided by either level of government, colleges and universities face difficult decisions around spending cuts in order to balance their budgets, as required by law,” write University of Victoria on-campus union leaders Sheryl Karras, Lynne Marks, Greg Melnechuk, Kirk Mercer, and Byron Spiers. Speaking in the British Columbia context, the authors suggest that budget cuts made necessary by a lack of government funding could contribute to layoffs, undercutting the province’s economic recovery. “The current crisis provides an opportunity to invest in the further education sought by British Columbians and in this way build a stronger, more diversified economy that will be less vulnerable to future economic disruptions,” posit the authors. Times Colonist (BC)