MRU slashes spending in spite of $2M from AB NDP

May 17, 2018

Despite a $2M influx from the provincial NDP to offset Alberta’s tuition freeze, Mount Royal University reportedly plans to reduce spending for the 2018-19 fiscal year. According to CBC, an MRU draft budget includes a 4% cut for administration and 2.25% decline in academic spending. The student affairs and campus life portfolio, meanwhile, will undergo a 3% reduction. In a statement, the university said that the proposed budget “strengthens our long-term sustainability.” Mount Royal Faculty Association President Marc Schroeder expressed concern about the budget’s transparency. CBC adds that MRU’s Student Union stated it would like a more direct role in budget discussions. CBC