MB requested postsecondary institutions to create plans in days to expand nursing programs

October 28, 2021
Correspondence between Manitoba’s department of advanced education and university administrators shows that postsecondary institutions were told to create “significant modification applications” to scale up nursing programs within days, writes Maggie Macintosh of the Winnipeg Free Press. The documents show that a public servant contacted administrators at the University of Manitoba, Brandon University, Université de Saint-Boniface, and University College of the North on May 12th. A follow-up meeting was held the following day, in which MB requested that it receive nursing expansion proposals by May 18. The institutions were allegedly told not to submit cost projections. Members of the Manitoba Nurses’ Union and UManitoba educators have critiqued MB’s approach, saying it does not take into account academic integrity, research operations, and instructor recruitment. Winnipeg Free Press (MB)