Below you will find links to two letters regarding TransformUS. The first is a letter from President Ilene Busch-Vishniac concluding the consultation and feedback phase of TransformUS. The second is an update on next steps from Provost and Vice-President Academic Brett Fairbairn and Vice-President Finance and Resources Greg Fowler.
2014-15 tuition rates and student fees
U of S students, faculty and staff,
On March 6, 2014, the Board of Governors approved tuition rates for the 2014-15 academic year.
For 2014-15, undergraduate and graduate tuition rates will rise by an overall average of 4.5 per cent. Tuition increases will vary by program, with increases in undergraduate tuition rates of 0 to 5.5 per cent, and an average increase of 4 per cent for standard graduate programs.
It is important for students to know that tuition rates are not set with the university budget in mind or in order to make up budget shortfalls. Instead, they are reviewed annually by the Board of Governors and set according to three principles:
- Comparability to similar programs at other Canadian U15 medical-doctoral universities;
- Accessibility and affordability for the majority of potential students; and
- The quality of our programs and the need to ensure our students receive a high-quality education.
Our commitment to our students is to continue to offer high-quality programs that earn high levels of student satisfaction. Given that tuition rates remain below the median of peer programs across Canada, we believe we are offering terrific value to students for their education.
In addition to tuition, students pay a variety of student fees that are used to fund specific student benefits offered as part of a university education. In 2014-15, student fees for undergraduate students will be $785.95 and for graduate students will be $811.16.
Tuition and fees revenue helps the university to fund priorities including enhancing student services to ensure quality educational experiences, providing scholarships and bursaries to increase accessibility and affordability for students, and recruiting and retaining high-quality faculty.
For detailed information on 2014-15 tuition and student fees, please visit www.usask.ca/tuition.
Provost and Vice-President Academic
Two Up and One Down: The U of S takes the challenge!
On International Polar Bear Day, the University of Saskatchewan is pledging to reduce building energy use.
Based on the overwhelming number of sustainability ideas submitted for Operating Budget Adjustments, our campus is clearly committed to doing our part to address climate change. We have chosen International Polar Bear Day, February 27, to announce an adjustment to the cooling and heating temperatures in our buildings to reduce energy use and carbon emissions.
Beginning in May, building temperatures will be raised two degrees in the spring and summer and lowered one degree in the fall and winter. These small changes will reduce our carbon emissions by an estimated 2,000 tonnes yearly and save an estimated $200,000 in utilities costs. This will have an effect similar to taking 400 passenger vehicles off the road.Read More