The head of Edmonton’s MacEwan University is hoping the province will make up the funding difference for them, after extending the post-secondary tuition freeze.
Dr. David Atkinson told 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen that the province has stepped up before. “I still am optimistic although certainly we have received no indication from the government. And in fact, it has perhaps been suggested that not to depend on the tuition freeze being back-filled by the government, as it has been for the previous two years.”
Dr. Atkinson likened the cash hit to the schools by tuition freezes to “being stoned to death by popcorn.” “If you are hit by one kernel it doesn’t bother you. With two you can ignore it. If you get hit too many times, it’s an irritation.”
He says there is a continuing lack of dependability on funding. (eb)