Less public funding means less of a public good in universities: Wright

September 11, 2019

“Almost all universities in Canada are public institutions that used to be primarily supported by public funding,” laments Julia M. Wright, who adds that the strain of making up for the loss of public funds has had significant consequences on universities. The author cites rising tuition costs and the financial stress this places upon students, the catch-22 of taxable charitable donations, and institutional reliance on underpaid sessional faculty as grave consequences of universities’ attempts to recuperate lost public funding. In light of these issues, Wright concludes, “It’s time for the federal and provincial governments to work together to restore public funding so that universities can get back to working full-time on the academic mission.” The Chronicle Herald (NS)