Improve Access to Post-Secondary Education For All
Posted on October 23, 2014 by Katherine Taylor
Having access to high quality and affordable post-secondary education is critical to our economy. Sadly, the devastating cuts that the PCs have made to our trade schools, technical institutes, colleges and universities has made accessing the system more difficult than ever and significantly diminished the quality of education students receive.
While students and their families are paying more in tuition and user fees, they are getting significantly less for their dollar. Prior to the 2013 provincial budget the PCs told Alberta’s university presidents that they would receive a 2% increase in their operating grants, but on budget day they were shocked to receive a 6.8% cut. That resulted in fewer student spaces, overcrowded classrooms and even the elimination of entire programs. To date, the PCs have failed to restore the funding.