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Monday, April 10, 2006

University of Regina cancelling classes to try to save money

from: CP Wire
Wed 05 Apr 2006

REGINA (CP) The University of Regina is hoping to make up some of an expected $1.8-million tuition revenue shortfall by cancelling classes at two of its federated colleges next year. The news did not sit well with roughly 200 students and faculty who attended a forum about how to credit hours for classes at the faith-based Campion and Luther colleges.

Fourth-year math and religious studies major Nicholas Schonhoffer is enrolled in Campion College and said he doesn't want to see the university take its financial problems out on its partners. "I'm annoyed," he said after the forum wrapped up Tuesday. "I think definitely what happened was an unfair imposition of the university on the colleges. The university made a mistake and now it's trying to fix that mistake by taking from the colleges."

Last month, Campion College voluntarily reduced the number of classes it will be offering in 2006-07, while Luther College was told by the university's registrar's office that it would see class sizes and sections reduced.

The university's financial concerns came to the forefront in 2004-05 when it recognized challenges in its budget, said Ron Byrne, associate vice-president of student affairs.

The problems stemmed in part from a 2002 tuition-sharing agreement signed by the three institutions, he said. The agreement pays Luther and Campion colleges a percentage of tuition paid to the University of Regina based on the number of students registered in their classes.

The colleges are also funded by a provincial grant that is based on how many students are taught.

Since 2002, the colleges increased their teaching credit hours to 31,000 from about 20,000, said Byrne. He added this was unanticipated by the university, which ended up having to pay more to the colleges. "We know it's financially unsustainable and we believe financial stability for all aspects of the partnership is important," he said.

But Ben Fiore, president of Campion College, said the university approved the hiring of additional professors and courses at the colleges. "It's not that we all of a sudden had this plan that we were going to take money and students," said Fiore. "It seemed to be working with whatever plan for growth the university had at the time."

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