[tugs] Protest Tuition Increases - U of T

  • From: "TUGS: Geography Students' Society" <tugs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tugsgeneral@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 16:19:32 -0400


> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ruth E. Perkins" <Ruth_E._Perkins@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <unlisted-recipients:>; <no To-header on input>
> Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2001 11:40 AM
> Subject: Protest Tuition Increases
>
>
> > Please advertise this as much as possible.  Thanks, Ruth Perkins, GSU
> >
> >
> > Please come out to a rally to call for freezing tuition fees:
> > Thurs. April 26, 4:15 pm
> > Simcoe Hall, 27 King's College Circle (S.W. corner)
> >
> > The Governing Council meeting will be at 4:30.  We need to let them know
> > enough is enough, no more increases.
> >
> > This is organized by the Graduate Students' Union, Student
Administrative
> > Council, CUPE 3902 and 3907, Graduate Students Assoc. (OISE) and others.
> >
> > Below is an article from the Toronto Star about the issue and our last
> > rally.
> >
> >
> > CFS Ontario - http://www.cfs-fce.on.ca/
> >
> > U of T students protest tuition hikes
> > Some graduate programs face hikes of up to 25 per cent
> > Valia Reinsalu
> > Staff Reporter thestar.com.
> >
> > University of Toronto students, angered by planned tuition hikes of
> between
> > two and 25 per cent next year, held a rally Tuesday afternoon to demand
> the
> > university put a freeze on their fees.
> >
> > Graduate programs, such as law and business administration, were hit the
> > hardest, with increases next year of 20 and 25 per cent respectively.
> > Undergraduate students face an increase of two per cent in the 2001-2002
> > academic year, while a majority of graduate students will have to pay
five
> > per cent more.  The university's Governing Council Business Board passed
a
> > motion Monday to increase the tuition fee schedule.
> >
> > A number of student groups organized the rally on the steps of Sidney
> Smith
> > Hall to speak out and form a unified voice before the motion goes to the
> > university's full Governing Council for final approval on April 26.
> >
> > Erin George, chair of Ontario's branch of the Canadian Federation of
> > Students, said U of T is one of the wealthiest schools in North America
> and
> > it can afford to freeze tuition.
> >
> > George said students shouldn't be expected to make up for the
university's
> > decreased provincial funding.
> >
> > ''We're slowly but surely going down to a two-tiered system of
> > post-secondary education,'' George said.
> >
> > University provost Adel Sedra said he expects the tuition schedule to be
> > approved.
> >
> > He said the university has a commitment to accessibility.
> >
> > "We have a need-based financial policy which says every student who
wants
> > to come to study at U of T will not be prevented due to lack of access,"
> > Sedra said. ''It's not just words. We back that (belief in
accessibility)
> > with a large amount of money.''
> >
> > Sedra said U of T has $84 million available in various categories of
loans
> > or grants.
> >
> > University undergraduate students' tuitions will rise from $3,951 to
> > $4,029 next year. A majority of the school's 7,000 graduate students in
a
> > standard master's program face an increase in fees from $4,701 to
$4,936.
> >
> > In comparison, the board of governors at York University have capped
> > tuition fees increases at 2 per cent until the 2004-2005 school year for
> > both undergraduate and general graduate students.
> >
> > Undergraduates at York face an increase in fees from $3,951 to $4,028.60
> > next year. While enrolment in one year in a general master's degree at
> York
> > goes up from $4,509.03 to $4,599.20.
> >
> > Just over 100 undergraduate and graduate students and members of two
> > Canadian Union of Public Employee locals, along with CUPE Ontario
> > president Sid Ryan, listened and clapped as speakers addressed the
> > increase that U of T students will face next year.
> >
> > ''In particular I see an attack on liberal arts programs,'' said
Michelle
> > Coehen, a doctoral candidate at U of T's Ontario Institute of Studies in
> > Education (OISE), ''programs where you find the largest numbers of
diverse
> > students.''
> >
> > Ontario, Alberta and Nova Scotia are the only provinces that have yet to
> > freeze or roll back tuition fees.
> >
> > ''Every year we're facing increased tuition at the university,'' Gorge
> > Sousa, the U of T Graduate Students Union president. ''Students can't
> > afford
> > it anymore. The university is increasing revenues on the backs of the
> > students.''
> >
> >
>

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