capilano university is cutting as many as 10 programs as the school faces an estimated $1.3 million shortfall in its upcoming budget.
marcus bowcott, who has been teaching within the studio art program capilano university for two decades, says he found out on tuesday that his department will be cut.
“not just the wind taken out of our sails, it was sort of like the sails got slashed,” bowcott told cbc news.
under the proposed budget, studio arts classes will continue for second-year students next year. but after they graduate, the program will be cut.
a statement on the 2013-2014 budget posted to the university’s website uses the term “suspended” to describe what is being done to some programs and courses.
“rather than do across-the-board cuts, which affect quality for every student, we are suspending intakes in some programs and reducing classes in some areas,” the statement says.
interim vice president, academic and provost bill gibson would not specify which departments were being cut, but said it amounted to about 200 course offerings from about 10 programs.
gibson says the changes reflect the university’s priorities.
“we have to preserve the quality in what remains, and do less,” he said.
gibson says the university has approached the province for more money.
the final budget will be approved on may 14 by the university’s board of directors.