NL Auditor General's report recommends review of tuition freeze, funding models

December 17, 2014

A new report issued by the Auditor General of Newfoundland and Labrador recommends a review of the province’s funding for Memorial University. “The province should review the provincial funding model [for MUN] to determine if it is efficient and effective and includes such factors as the capacity of the university to deliver programs, program costs per student, enrolment and output results,” said Auditor General Terry Paddon in his report. Paddon further called on the province to review its PSE tuition freeze. “Given the change in the university student profiles since 2006, the provincial government tuition freeze subsidy is increasingly benefiting out-of-province students,” the report says. Paddon also called on the province to examine its long-term plans to support MUN’s aging infrastructure. In its response to Paddon’s report, NL’s Department of Advanced Education and Skills said that the tuition freeze supports the province’s goal “to have more students pursue a postsecondary education in Newfoundland and Labrador and encourage them to stay here as highly skilled graduates needed for a fast-growing economy.” The Telegram