It's a Good Day for ACAD. Presidents Responds to the Introduction of Bill 3

Today is a good day for ACAD.
 
At 10 a.m. the Government of Alberta announced details about Bill 3, the Interim Supply Bill, which positively affects the post-secondary system in Alberta. We are still waiting for all the details, until then I wanted to share with you what we have learned.
 
The Government has committed to a comprehensive review of funding for post-secondary institutions in Alberta. This is excellent for ACAD as we are the only institution in the province with a mandate to deliver art and design education. The current model does not recognize the uniqueness of our studio learning environment and historically mirrors a structure that is appropriate more for college level delivery without recognizing that ACAD is much more closely aligned to a university in scope and mandate.

Tuition and mandatory non-instructional fees have been frozen at 2014/15 levels and the market modifiers that were approved last fall have been reverted. 

To compensate for the shortfall from these changes, the Government will be rescinding the previously announced campus grant reduction of 1.4% for next year. There will be 2.0% increase to the provincial grant as well as support to offset the revenue loss that was expected from the tuition increase and market modifier, and other instructional fee changes. We have been told that in 2016-2017 a further 2.0% grant increase will follow.  

These are positive changes, which will give us some breathing room for the next two years; however the changes do not alter our long-term funding challenges. It is imperative that we continue on the path of developing a sustainable, strategic plan for the College. The sustainability planning that we have been engaged in over the last year is fundamental to our future success and involves a major paradigm shift for the College in order to support future sustainability and success for students, faculty and staff.

We are encouraged by the Government’s commitment to students and the post-secondary system. We are looking forward to conversations about the very real challenges facing our College, and specifically to discuss their commitment to a comprehensive review of the funding model.

As registration was scheduled to open at 9 a.m. this morning, our Registrar’s Office put a hold on registration to allow time for staff to reprogram our system. All first year and new transfer students will see a $1020 reduction in their fees as well as a $59.00 saving from frozen supplementary and other fees. For all other continuing students taking a full course load of 30 credits per year, the 2.2% reduction in tuition with changes to instructional fees, will amount to a savings of $158.29.

Here is an updated schedule for class registration:

  • 4th year registration beginning at 9 a.m. on June 24th
  • 3rd year registration will begin at 9 a.m. on June 25th
  • 2nd year registration will remain unchanged on June 26th (as previously scheduled) 

We will continue to update you as more details come along. Please continue to provide your input and feedback and check for updates on our sustainability blog.

Read the full announcement from the Government of Alberta.
 
Dr. Daniel Doz
President + CEO

Media: For more information and to arrange interviews or obtain a full media kit, contact JoAnn Reynolds, External Communications Specialist, Alberta College of Art + Design 
t. 403.284.7656 c. 587.892.5394 joann.reynolds@acad.ca