“Market modifiers and tuition caps or freezes are only part of the package,” said Interim PC Leader Ric McIver. “We want to see what the NDP government proposes for the post-secondary system as a whole, including how it plans to keep post-secondary education in Alberta sustainable over the long term.”
“I have been meeting for months with post-secondary institution leaders all over the province who have expressed their appreciation that Alberta has been amongst the highest of Canadian provinces with respect to post-secondary funding by governments in the past,” said Innovation and Advanced Education Critic Dave Rodney. “Alberta has also offered more in terms of scholarships and bursaries than all other provinces combined.”
“Post-secondary education, research and innovation continue to be important priorities for our caucus,” added McIver. “Our approach was to ask post-secondary institutions to operate more efficiently, while enabling them to be more entrepreneurial in their fundraising activities.”
McIver noted the former Alberta government committed to a consolidated total of $5.2 billion for post-secondary operations in the 2015-2016 academic year.