FNUC Not Planning To Cut Programs

Friday, August 05, 2005 at 14:34



The First Nations University of Canada says all classes that were scheduled for the fall semester will go ahead as planned should a proposed budget receive final approval.


The proposed budget was approved last night by an audit committee made up of university board members.


The university says its proposed financial plan is a balanced budget that will enable the university to maintain its existing programming and all facilities.


University vice president Al Ducharme calls rumours of big deficits and campus closures “exaggerations that are not even remotely accurate”.


However, teaching and staff positions that are currently vacant through retirements or resignations will remain unfilled.


The proposed budget will now be taken to the full Board of Governors for final approval.


Meanwhile, the university is reporting that student enrollment for the fall is currently ahead of last year’s pace.


It’s reporting that returning student enrollment is at the same level as a year ago, while new enrollments are slightly better than this time last year.