News & Updates - 2007
October 17, 2007
Terri Van Steinburg, President, presented the following recommendations for the 2008 provincial budget to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services on Thursday October 11th, 2007 in Surrey:
1) Make affordable public post-secondary
education a major priority in the February 2008
provincial budget. We know there is a skills gap
that we need to close. We also know that our skills
shortage can only be solved by investing more in
post-secondary skills. That investment needs to work
on many fronts including a much stronger and more
effective working relationship between our public
post-secondary institutions and the Industry
Training Authority (ITA). Our public institutions,
including Kwantlen, currently deliver close to 90 %
of trades training, but have little input into ITA’s
2) Give public post-secondary institutions the funding necessary so that operating budgets of institutions like Kwantlen University College can provide more access to educational opportunities that our students need to begin and complete their post-secondary education.
3) As a specific target for better funding, the 2008 provincial budget should allocate an additional $200 million for public post-secondary education. That would represent a 10% lift in the Ministry of Advanced Education’s budget and would put it in a position to bring real per-student funding back to the level it was in 2001.
4) Endorse the call for tuition fee relief. Student groups have, in previous budget consultations, asked for a 10% reduction in tuition fees. We support that call and believe that such a move would send a strong signal to existing and potential post-secondary students that BC is serious about supporting those interested in post-secondary education.
5) Bring back the student grant program. It was eliminated in 2001-02 and has simply added to the growing debt burden that is discouraging students from either entering or completing their post-secondary education.
For a copy of the entire submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, click here.