At its meeting yesterday (October 15), the Board of Governors of the University of King’s College approved a resolution put forward by the College’s Tuition Committee in response to the Province’s decision to allow a one-time tuition reset for Nova Scotia universities. Tuition resets can be phased in over 3 years, but each institution’s decision must be communicated to the Government this fall.
The Tuition Committee’s strong recommendation to the Board was that there be no tuition resets for the Foundation Year Programme or other programmes, in 2016/17 or beyond, due to the additional financial burden that such a tuition reset would place on students and the potential impact a tuition reset may have on future enrolment.
The Committee recognized, however, that the College will face a changed set of circumstances and opportunities as a result of numerous initiatives currently underway at the College and, therefore, the Committee recommended that the Board of Governors adopt a policy that would preserve its ability to undertake a tuition fee reset in future if a Board, in consultation with the College’s stakeholders, deemed it absolutely necessary.
The Board agreed to the following resolution.
The resolution is clear that the Board has not decided upon a reset, and is recommending that there be no reset. Nevertheless, the Board agreed with the Committee that the option should be open to a future president and board to consider, having regard to the financial circumstances of the College at that time.