UNB-SJ says uncertain future will cost them $3.2 million

January 6, 2008

University of New Brunswick Saint John is projecting a $3.2 million deficit in 2008, due to decreased enrolment.  Some administrators blame September's report from the province's Commission on PSE for raising uncertainty about the university's survival: "I don't think anyone who's been reading the newspaper is going to come to UNB at all, particularly UNBSJ, until the future seems a little more clear." The province has said that UNB-SJ will continue to be named a university, but might not continue to be a traditional liberal arts institution.  A final decision will not be reached until after a special working group reports back to the province in February. UNB-SJ plans to ramp up recruitment spending to make up for the predicted losses.