In 2018, university reserves dipped below the minimum amount dictated by the financial reserve policy.
"Students are told to pay more, get less and be grateful," said Len Findlay, one of the most vocal professors on the subject. He taught nine extra credit units this year to keep the English course offerings up to snuff.
Alberta has enjoyed the advantages of its flourishing oil and gas industries for decades, becoming an economic juggernaut in Canada. Meanwhile, Saskatchewan has struggled to maintain and grow its economy. It was only a few years ago that Saskatchewan was able to proclaim itself a “have” province.
The provincial government announced $65 million in new funding for the U of S Feb. 24.
The University of Saskatchewan is not falling apart, but its infrastructure funding is insufficient.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Saskatoon on Sept. 9 to announce that the federal government accepted the University of Saskatchewan's request to rejuvenate the Diefenbaker Canada Centre.
The University of Saskatchewan received a smaller grant increase to the operating budget from the provincial government than it had hoped for the 2010-11 school year.
The Saskatchewan government reinstates funding for the beleaguered First Nations University of Canada and the U of S receives research funds from the federal government.
The University of Saskatchewan announced a $12 million donation from the Nasser family on Feb 26. Professor Emeritus Karim Nasser was on hand with his wife, Dora, five children and grandchildren to make the announcement.