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Cap U board passes budget, cuts programs

The Capilano University board of directors last night passed the proposed 2013-14 budget, effectively ending a number of university programs and departments. Brent Calvert, who teaches in an affected program, told The Tyee in an email that the vote was "11 in favour of the budget, 2 opposed, 1 spoiled, 1 non vote."

The decision climaxed a tense week of meetings and negotiations. The Capilano Faculty Association on Monday had presented a "no-cuts" budget at a meeting of the university's Senate Budget Advisory Committee.

According to a report on the CFA website, the Senate voted to approve the original "cuts" budget. The Senate also defeated a motion that it recommend the board "consider" the alternative budget.

The Cap U website posted a brief report on the board vote:

Capilano University’s Board of Governors approved the revised annual operating budget at its June 11 board meeting held at the University's North Vancouver campus.

The revised proposed 2013-14 operating budget was presented to the Board by University President Kris Bulcroft. The budget included recommended adjustments submitted by the Senate Budget Advisory Committee at the June 10 Senate meeting. The 15-member Board, including student representatives, faculty and non-faculty staff, passed the motion to accept and approve the budget.

Learn more about the 2013-14 Budget.

Speaking with The Tyee this morning, CFA president Mark Battersby said the board "never really considered the points we raised at the last board meeting." He said the Senate Budget Advisory Committee was "dominated by the administration."

Battersby added that systematic government underfunding means the university still faces a "rolling budget crisis next year." He noted that while faculty have remained at the same numbers for the past five years, student enrolments have risen by 20 per cent and administration has grown by 57 per cent.

"We're still fighting mad," Battersby said.

Tyee contributing editor Crawford Kilian taught at Capilano from 1968 to 2008.

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