Volume 12, Number 7 November 19, 2004

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Higher ed. an Alta. vote issue

EDMONTON – Making funding of post-secondary education an issue in the Nov. 22 Alberta election is the aim of a $40,000 advertising campaign organized by that province’s professors and students.

“It’s time to wise up” is the slogan of the campaign that includes pamphlets, a website and television and radio ads, according the news reports. Spokespeople for the effort claim Alberta’s per student funding of colleges and universities has dropped 20 per cent since 1993. As a result, students face overwhelming debt, institutions are running deficits, infrastructure is crumbling and students and instructors must work with outdated equipment. The campaign is designed to urge voters to question the political parties about their position on post-secondary education.

In August, the Centre for Policy Alternatives rated Alberta seventh among the provinces in terms of the level of government support for post-secondary institutions Average tuition there was pegged at $4,000 per year.


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