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SEPTEMBER 2015
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The Canadian Business Journal
the past two decades, governments have notice-
ably meandered out of the business of funding
universities to the extent they did in the past,
leaving universities and colleges to find other
sources of revenues, which essentially comes
down to tuition fees charged to students, as
is plainly evidenced by the direct correlation
between increased university tuition fees and a
lack of government funding.
“When I went to university in the early 1990s
tuition was still something that was affordable for
somebody who worked over the summer,” Vose
recalls. “We’re at the point now where my daugh-
ter can’t afford to go to university and I’m still
repaying my student debts. When I started it was
affordable but by the time I finished my PhD in
2004, it was not. It’s become a generational issue.”
Lobbying Efforts
Lobbying the government is a big part of the
CAUT’s mandate, and specifically that of Vose as
president along with the executive and council. At
the November council meeting the CAUT tra-
ditionally has a Parliament Hill day, where Vose,
as president, and other representatives of the
association from across the country will make
appointments to lobby their MPs and ministers
to push for a greater awareness of higher educa-
tion issues. The federal government is not directly
responsible for university education, so dialogue
in that regard tends to focus more on policies at
the national level.
“What we typically ask them to think about
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