SIAST financial situation "not acceptable," says president

April 22, 2013

Saskatchewan Advanced Education Minister Don Morgan is defending the level of government funding allotted to the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology after the NDP Opposition raised concerns about the amount of funding the Saskatchewan Party government is giving the institute. In last Thursday's question period, the NDP quoted a letter from SIAST president Larry Rosia, who wrote that SIAST will face a $5.4-million shortfall in 2013-14 if it maintains status-quo operations, despite a 3.1% increase in its provincial operating grant. "This situation is not acceptable nor sustainable," says the letter, noting SIAST has "undertaken a contingency planning exercise," while trying to "minimize the impact on students and employees." The letter does not include additional details about how SIAST plans to balance its books. Morgan notes that SIAST has indicated it is able to meet the demands placed on it -- increasing programs and graduating more students than in the past -- and that efficiencies will be found "on an operational and administrative level." Saskatoon Star-Phoenix