Over the last few weeks, and especially in last week’s “Money Issue” of the Sheaf, significant disgruntlement has been directed toward administrators at the University of Saskatchewan. In reality, administrators at the U of S have done their best to deal with the Saskatchewan Party’s intentional decision to defund post-secondary education in Saskatchewan.
After almost an hour and a half of debate, University Council members voted today to include undergraduate and graduate students in the academic task force that will direct program prioritization.
I vividly remember the day when I first laid eyes on you. An early summer morning, the sun shining across your sensuous body. Your figure etched dramatically against the prairie landscape. I knew instantly that there was something special about you.
In this letter from the executive, the USSU urges the U of S to include students in the composition of the two TransformUS task forces.
We conducted an online survey to gauge where students stood on the university’s cost-cutting measures, what students perceived the financial problems to be and how the university should go about solving its money issues. This article covers a breakdown of some of those responses.
There is a widespread but entirely misguided assumption on campus that the university must make drastic cuts right now, so it is our duty as students to accept what administrators decide. After all, don’t they know better? No. They don’t.
What worries me the most about TransformUS is Program Prioritization. This process will rank academic disciplines based on their contribution to the university’s success. Highly ranked programs will receive increased resources while those with lower rankings will see reduced resources or be cut entirely.
Constant funding cuts endanger the structural foundations of the arts.[/caption]Belt-tightening as a response to spending cuts is already being felt in the fine arts and humanities departments.
Paying more money for a lower-quality education with fewer resources is ridiculous. I’ll admit I found the last few increases in student tuition rates perplexing, but I (naively) believed that I would be getting more because of them. I thought that my education would now be worth more because it was more expensive.
A crush of students are set to pack University of Saskatchewan council chambers Jan. 24 as top administrators look to lock down approval for TransformUS, the massive program review that aims to permanently axe $25 million in spending.