Friday, April 14, 2017

'Everything has got to be on the table': Agriculture, Engineering hardest-hit by sweeping U of S cuts - ALEX MACPHERSON, SASKATOON STARPHOENIX

Sweeping cuts proposed by University of Saskatchewan administrators in response to the provincial government’s austerity budget did not come as a surprise, but that doesn’t make them easier to stomach, the head of the university’s student union. The university plans to cut central funding for its colleges and academic programs by four per cent, or $8.7 million, and expenditures on support services by 2.9 per cent, or $3.5 million, next year, according to “resource allocation” estimates released Wednesday. “It’s something we expected to see, expected to happen,” U of S Students Union (USSU) president Kehan Fu said of the cuts, which have to be approved by the university’s board of governors. The cuts are a direct result of the five per cent reduction to the U of S’s operating grant announced last week by the province as part of its 2017-18 budget, which slashed funding for universities by $25 million.

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