03 Oct 19 Tuition hikes, program cuts ahead after UCP budget

The president of the University of Alberta predicted Wednesday that cuts are coming and that he expects tuition to go up under the province's United Conservative Party government.

David Turpin told students in his state of the university address at Convocation Hall that, based on the recommendations in the MacKinnon report on the province's finances, all Alberta post-secondary institutions face "difficult decisions ahead."

"With a new government in place ... we anticipate reductions in funding," Turpin said.

"We are now halfway through this fiscal year without a budget letter from the province, so the budget that will be tabled on Oct. 24 will likely affect us immediately."

The MacKinnon report, released to the public on Sept. 3, focused three of its 26 recommendations on post-secondary education.

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