|April 23, 1999||Volume 6, Number 15|
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Commentary on Nursing misunderstood
Yvonne Brown [April 9/99 OCN] takes exception to my commentary [March 12/99 OCN] that she correctly states "centers on the state of affairs at the University in relation to budget constraints and lack of provincial commitment to the University."
I did cite several college situations as illustrative of the consequences of systematic underfunding, one of them being the College of Nursing.
Dean Brown thinks I am ill-informed. She objects to my reference to a scaled down program in nursing, though she supplies the fact that there was a "decrease of 120 spaces from the 220 that had been funded in the three diploma programs and the 80 that represented the University's annual quota."
She quarrels with my referring to this as an efficiency initiative. Yet her own submission to the Operations Forecast (July 26, 1998) speaks of their new program as being "more cost efficient..."!
I remain convinced that the University must receive more funding so that all Colleges can get on with their essential work. My reference to Nursing was not meant as criticism of the College but rather as an illustration of the consequences when the conspiracy of inadequate funding and other agencies' agenda force choices on the University.
- Glen Beck, Department of Economics
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