Last month, I blogged about a major new report on the living conditions of Quebec undergraduate students. The report’s findings include the fact that 50% of full-time undergraduate students in Quebec report living on less $12,200 per year.
On the heels of that report’s release comes the news that the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities (CREPUQ), which lobbies on behalf of senior university administrators, is calling for a 70% increase in tuition fees in Quebec, to take place over the next three years.
CREPUQ’s stated rationale is twofold: 1) Quebec’s universities are underfunded; and 2) tuition in Quebec (for Quebec residents) is considerably lower than in the rest of Canada.
(God helps us if Quebec’s crime rate ever falls considerably below the Canadian average. Using the logic of senior university administrators, the provincial government would be encouraged to fund more street gangs in Montreal.)
I find it regretful that, in light of the low living standards for Quebec students, CREPUQ would advocate in favour of higher user fees for students.
- Funding Cuts to Alberta’s PSE Sector: There Are Alternatives (August 7th, 2013)
- Why does BC have the highest poverty rate in Canada? (July 16th, 2013)
- Globe and Mail on higher education in Canada (October 9th, 2012)
- Time to Rethink The Way We Fund Higher Education (October 9th, 2012)
- Student Employment Rate Sinks (July 6th, 2012)