uAlberta increases student fees to address budget woes

December 14, 2009

Last Friday, the University of Alberta's board of governors approved proposals recommending increases in tuition, rent, and parking rates. Next September, students will see a tuition increase of 1.5%, the maximum allowed under provincial legislation. Even with the hike, tuition would account for 19.3% of the operating budget. To combat the projected $59-million shortfall, administrators have developed a "20-20-20 strategy" which splits the shortfall evenly between administrative efficiencies, increased revenues, and cost containment. uAlberta's provost says senior administrators will take the same furlough days and accompanying salary reductions as any other faculty member. Union leaders are still in talks over the furlough days. uAlberta ExpressNews | Edmonton Journal