More Than 15,000 Qualified Students Turned Away from Alberta Post-Secondary Institutions
Posted on March 09, 2015 by Katherine Taylor
The number of qualified students turned away from Alberta post-secondary institutions has doubled in the past four years, according to a report from Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education.
“This is a ‘you’ve got to be kidding me’ moment,” said Alberta Party leader Greg Clark. “Alberta has the lowest post-secondary participation rate in Canada and now we see why. It’s not just because Alberta’s economy attracts people to the workforce, Alberta has low post-secondary participation because the provincial government doesn’t value post-secondary education.”
Clark called on the province to cancel planned cuts to post-secondary and instead invest to meet growing demand.
“Some institutions like the University of Calgary and University of Alberta are short of physical space, others like Mount Royal University, Red Deer College and Grant MacEwan University have spaces but not the funding they need to fill them with students,” said Clark. “We need investment to meet student demand.”
“It’s simple. If a student qualifies for post-secondary there should be a space for them,” said Clark. “Post-secondary education is the cornerstone of economic diversification. In these difficult times we need more, not less investment in post-secondary to give people the skills they need to thrive in the 21st Century.”