Students, faculty express concerns over proposed budget cuts

April 23, 2020

Students and teachers alike are expressing concerns about the Government of Manitoba’s call for universities to prepare budget cut scenarios of up to 30% over the next four months. President of the University of Manitoba Students' Union Jakob Sanderson calls the potential cuts “backward,” as students were hoping for funding increases this year to expand much needed counselling services. The Winnipeg Free Press adds that the cuts match demand as Manitobans who have been laid off try to retool to find work in the inevitable recession. The University of Winnipeg’s spring enrolment, for example, has reportedly increased 100% since this time last year. From the faculty perspective, President of the Manitoba Organization of Faculty Associations Scott Forbes said the cuts are “not rational” as budget adjustments required will make UManitoba "a shell of its former self," while UWinnipeg and Brandon University will no longer be able to offer university-level programming. CBC | Winnipeg Free Press | CAUT (MB)