Thank you to all the NSCAD students who took time to meet with me yesterday afternoon following the on-campus peaceful demonstration about student tuition.
I appreciated listening to your passionate concerns about the rising cost of advanced education in Canada and the proposed tuition market adjustment at NSCAD University. The message I received from students yesterday is that you are concerned about the proposed tuition reset, not just because of the immediate impact it will have on you, but also about the impact these changes will have on future students.
Thank you to SUNSCAD for your prepared statements and questions. What impressed me most was the energy in the room and your collective creativity in offering to explore alternative models for a sustainable future for NSCAD. Currently we are working to achieve the approved five-year Framework for Sustainability; and, as I said at the meeting, there are challenges and difficult decisions that have to be made.
I acknowledge receipt of a letter addressed to the Chair of the Board of Governors from the Canadian Federation of Students Fédération canadienne des étudiantes et étudiants and a statement from NSCAD students.
I also recognize the voices of students who were not at the meeting and sent messages of support of the positive changes at NSCAD and its revitalization.
Thank you to all of the NSCAD community for working together.
Professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing