AUNBT responds to provincial budget

AUNBT responds to provincial budget


Province’s largest academic union reacts with dismay to the provincial budget

FREDERICTON and SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK (March 26, 2013) — The Alward government’s austerity budget came down today, and while some seemed just glad it wasn’t worse, the Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers (AUNBT) was critical of what it termed “penny wise and pound foolish” cuts to post-secondary education.

“The University of New Brunswick,” said AUNBT president Miriam Jones, “against all odds and despite years of government disinvestment, has maintained its reputation as a credible comprehensive university. This would not have been possible without heroic efforts on the part of the faculty and staff who have dealt with cycle after cycle of budget cuts.”

“What the public may not realize is that our programmes have been shrinking for years,” said Jones. “There is more than one example of an entire discipline being carried by a single individual. How can we expect to offer programmes and degrees if we don’t have the resources to offer students appropriate courses?

In order to be categorized as a comprehensive university, an institution has to offer a spectrum of programmes across a wide variety of fields. And the status, the category, of a university is crucial for all sorts of things, like rankings, and grants.

If the New Brunswick government is serious about encouraging prosperity, they cannot turn around and gut the very institutions our youth depend upon to build their futures.” According to Statistics Canada data, per capita spending on each university student in New Brunswick is among the lowest in Canada while tuitions are the second-highest.

“The province is faced with a stark choice,” concluded Jones. “Do we want to become the only Canadian province without a credible comprehensive university?”

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2 Comments on “AUNBT responds to provincial budget”

  1. March 29, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    Also did an interview with the TJ. Story linked here.

  2. March 27, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    Did a phone interview with CHSJ. Apparently “no-one” likes the budget.