Alberta Budget 2019: Student employment program axed in favour of Skills for Jobs strategy

A popular summer program that was eliminated by the former Progressive Conservative government and then reinstated by the NDP has been cut once again. The first provincial budget tabled by the United Conservatives does not include funding for STEP —…

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…

‘They’ll make the rules’: critics concerned about process of post-secondary board appointments

Faculty associations and ousted board members are raising questions about how and why Alberta’s provincial government is overhauling membership on post-secondary institution boards. Michael Phair, the ousted board chair of the University of Alberta board of governors, said he questions…

College president disputes MacKinnon panel report’s statement on low completion rates at Alberta post secondaries

The graduation rate data included in an influential blue ribbon panel report last week may paint an inaccurate picture of Alberta post-secondary students’ success, said the head of one institution caught in its crosshairs. Former Saskatchewan finance minister Janice MacKinnon…

Alberta education minister says Rutherford Scholarship now accepting applications

A day after an Alberta high school counsellor expressed concern about scholarship applications being delayed by a technological upgrade to the application and payment system, Alberta’s education minister said Tuesday that “effective immediately, the Rutherford Scholarship is open and accepting…

Pipelines and post-secondary education to be discussed as Alberta legislature resumes

Politicians in Alberta returned to work on Monday at the legislature. Government house leader Brian Mason said 12 bills are to be introduced during the six-week fall sitting. READ MORE: Alberta NDP MLA Brian Mason warns of tough spring election…