Outgoing president says University of Alberta essential to province’s success

June 17 2020 8:37pm The University of Alberta has had a rough go in 2020 with budget cuts, layoffs and a sudden shift to virtual learning. And now more bad news. All these bumps in the road are affecting the…

University of Alberta president touts resilience during financial hardship

The University of Alberta helped build the province once, and it will do it again, according to outgoing president David Turpin. As the U of A grapples with massive funding cuts and changes forced by the pandemic, Turpin sat down…

Questions remain over Rutherford Scholarship delay last August

For first year post-secondary students in Alberta, applying for the Rutherford Scholarship — worth up to $2,500 — is almost a no-brainer. In 2018, 19,024 students received the award, totaling more than $39 million. Applications typically open Aug. 1, but…

Universities over-budget; need to freeze travel, hiring, hosting: Alberta government

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted January 16, 2020 1:13 pm Updated January 16, 2020 1:14 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Alberta’s advanced education minister says post-secondary schools are going…

Confusion reigned as government scrambled to get Rutherford scholarships online, documents show

Perplexed political staff and civil servants spent a week in July and August trying to understand why applications for Alberta’s largest post-secondary scholarship program didn’t open in time for the start of the 2019-20 school year. Perplexed political staff and…

Universities and colleges preparing for 10 per cent cut next year, internal email says

Alberta post-secondary institutions are anticipating three consecutive years of cuts to public funding, according to an internal university email obtained by Postmedia. Alberta Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides said Alberta devotes more public funding to post-secondary education without getting…

The MacKinnon report suggested it: But what is performance-based funding for schools and universities?

When a blue-ribbon panel was tasked with studying how Alberta could balance its budget within three years, it recommended an education funding approach that has rarely been used in Canada. The MacKinnon blue-ribbon panel report into Alberta’s spending suggested the…

NDP warns report portends huge tuition hikes for post-secondary students

As Opposition NDP Leader Rachel Notley warned students of likely university tuition hikes, University of Alberta students Lochlann Kerr and Deven Shukle were thinking about their younger brothers. NDP advanced education critic David Eggen, left, and Opposition Leader Rachel Notley…