Kwantlen Announcement Raises More Questions Says Faculty Association
April 23, 2008
The announcement by the provincial government that Kwantlen Polytechnic
University will become Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) has raised more
questions than answers with Kwantlen faculty.
"Last month the public post-secondary system was told that their operating
grants from the provincial government were being cut by 2.6%," said Terri Van
Steinburg, President of the Kwantlen Faculty Association (KFA). "Today we are
being told that Kwantlen is becoming a Polytechnic University.
It's good news to hear that our institution is being recognized for the
contributions we have made to post-secondary education. However, fulfilling that
new mandate will be difficult without proper provincial funding," Van Steinburg
"We believe that comprehensiveness is a critical feature of Kwantlen. It
ensures that we continue to offer a full range of programs. Today's announcement
suggested that this principle will continue to be an active part of Kwantlen's
future. But to what extent," Van Steinburg added.
"The real impact of today's announcement will not be clear until the details
of the legislative changes are known" Van Steinburg concluded.
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