From Higher Education Strategy Associates
Faced with the prospect of reduced government funding to universities, a majority of Canadian students would be willing to accept tuition increases if universities would reduce their operating costs and take steps to preserve student aid, teaching standards and student services, a new Higher Education Strategy Associates report reveals.
“Canadian students appear willing to carry a share of the burden in the wake of budget cuts, which are likely on the horizon,” said Joseph Berger, Higher Education Strategy Associates’ director of business development and communications and co-author of the study, President for a Day: Students’ Preferences for Dealing with a Budget Crisis. “Students, however, insist that universities must also demonstrate significant belt-tightening, in which case they would be willing to do their part to preserve financial aid, teaching and student services, areas that have not been top priority for universities in recent years.”
While only 10% of students would prefer to keep tuition frozen in the face of operating budget cuts of 10%, one-third of students would rather off-set cuts by raising tuition 5%, while another third would off-set cuts by raising tuition 10%. Nearly half of all students surveyed would prefer universities to seek revenue by pursuing joint ventures with business, while only 36% were opposed (16% of students had no preference).
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