No tuition rebate at Mount Allison University

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SACKVILLE, N.B. – Students at Mount Allison University will not be getting a tuition rebate as a result of a three-week strike by faculty earlier this year.

Robert Campbell, president and vice-chancellor of Mount Allison University, has had his contract extended by two years to 2018.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Students at Mount Allison University will not be getting a tuition rebate as a result of a three-week strike by faculty earlier this year.

The university’s board of regents received a presentation from the Mount Allison Students’ Union during a meeting Tuesday asking it to reconsider an earlier decision not to offer the rebate.

Board members — including representatives from student, faculty, and administration — discussed the topic in detail.

“The discussion was frank and open,” board chairman Jim Dickson said, “with a wide range of views expressed. ”

The board reconfirmed there would be no university-wide tuition rebate, however it agreed to create a working group with membership from the board, students, and administration.

This group has been tasked to thoroughly review and assess what other approaches might be warranted to support students most adversely effected as a result of the work stoppage.

During the meeting, the board also approved its 2014-15 budget that includes a $219 increase in tuition for next fall and extended president and vice-chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell’s contract by two years.

“I am honoured to acknowledge the board’s ongoing trust, and look forward to continuing to lead this great university,” Campbell said.

With this extension, Campbell will serve as university president through June 2018. 

This is despite a meeting of the faculty council on Apr. 3, when professors at the university voted 60-1 in support of a motion of non-confidence in the current senior administration, including Campbell.

The president, who chairs the faculty council, ruled the motion out of order and then adjourned the meeting shortly after when some council members challenged the denial of the motion, resulting in an impasse.

Nonetheless, Dickson said Campbell’s extention reflects the board’s complete confidence in his leadership and in the direction he, along with his senior team, has set for the university.

 “The board also recognizes that Mount Allison’s strength lies in the contributions of everyone in our diverse community — our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents, as well as the residents of Sackville and the Province of New Brunswick. This gives the Board great confidence in the university’s ongoing ability to thrive,” Dickson said.

On the budget side, this is the university’s 23rd consecutive balanced operating budget. 

Tuition is going up as per the tuition cap allowed by the New Brunswick government, to $7,464 for full-time Canadian students.

 “Mount Allison will continue to offer one of the most generous scholarship and bursary programs, per capita, in the Maritimes, with $2.6 million allocated to assist students this year,” Campbell said. “Mount Allison is committed to fulfilling its academic mission and providing high quality programming in a sustainable manner with no long term debt."

Organizations: Mount Allison University

Geographic location: SACKVILLE, New Brunswick

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