"Nasty surprise" for BC universities

March 21, 2008

BC's 6 universities were notified earlier this month that their funding for 2008-09 will be $16 million less than promised. In spring 2007, the BC government outlined 3-year funding levels, but has since decided to reduce all operating grants by 2.6% and shift funding to high priorities -- aboriginal student recruitment and training for health care and trades -- which is largely delivered by the province's colleges and technical institutes. The changes came just weeks before budgets were finalized.  The Vancouver Sun