Message to Ralph Sultan Re: CapU Funding

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

To Ralph Sultan, MLA for West Vancouver-Capilano

Dear Mr. Sultan,

I am writing as your constituent to ask you to stand up for fair funding for an important institution in our community: Capilano University.

When Capilano was granted university status there was an understanding that it would continue to serve the North Shore, Squamish and the Sunshine Coast with its unique and valuable selection of programs.

Along with the university designation came increased costs for things like licensing and development and equipment costs for new degree programs. However, the government per capita funding to CapU remained the same. CapU is currently the second-lowest funded public post-secondary institution in B.C. after Langara, and in the past few years the impacts of the funding gap have become especially apparent.

Last year CapU made significant cuts to art programs and this year more across-the-board cuts have been announced, with the university facing a $2.2 million deficit.  CapU’s only option has been to restructure its programs to get as much revenue from students as possible. This has resulted in a loss of some of the unique creative programs CapU has always been renowned for. Unfortunately this trend, and the loss of family and community-supporting jobs that come with it, is likely to continue without government help.

Capilano University’s per capita funding needs to be increased at least to the level of comparable institutions like Kwantlen University. I’m asking for you to put pressure on the government to demand fair funding so CapU can keep serving your constituents in their community with its unique range of quality educational programs.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

(If you work at Cap or have another connection to the campus such as being the parent of a Cap student, or a former or current student yourself, you are encouraged to add a paragraph about how the cuts have affected the campus community and broader community)

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