uSask will continue to offer seniors' education program

October 1, 2014

Senior citizens will be able to continue to take non-credit courses at the University of Saskatchewan, in spite of fears that the program would be cut. The university had previously announced that the program would be disbanded as part of cuts associated with the TransformUS program prioritization plan; the courses had been delivered through the Centre for Continuing and Distance Education, which was facing cutbacks. However, Patti McDougall, VP Teaching and Learning at uSask, has confirmed that the courses will instead be delivered through the College of Arts and Sciences. McDougall did say that fees for the courses could go up; currently, seniors pay $55 for a 16-hour course. “The program loses money every year. The University of Saskatchewan, the College of Arts and Sciences, won’t be looking to have this be a source of revenue generation, but I do think it’s possible that we would be able to recover the costs of offering it,” McDougall said. StarPhoenix