uSask faculty, students sign open letter on TransformUS strategy

February 7, 2014

Some 200 students and faculty at the University of Saskatchewan have signed a petition calling for more consultation on the university’s TransformUS strategy, aimed at finding $25 million in savings and avoiding a budget deficit of $40 million. uSask President Ilene Busch-Vishniac has defended the plan, saying "we could either be strategic and try to evaluate which programs it made sense to consider for reductions and funding and which to add funding to, or we were going to have to implement an across the board cut."Busch-Vishniac also responded to the suggestion that new projects should be cut first, and challenges to the reality of the budget deficit. She says "we will absolutely, positively continue introducing new programs and new services as required," and adds that information on the university's finances is available on the institution's website. Open Letter | Open Letter Signatures | CBC | StarPhoenix