With the recent cuts UPEI has made, I have to wonder how this will benefit students. A Vice President position was cut [Editor’s Note: The Vice President Academic], and 7 management positions were affected. The VP position alone will save the school a significant amount of money per year but if UPEI is so pressed for money I have to wonder at the large fancy signs on the front of CASS now, advertising the re-amalgamation of the Computer Sciences and Math departments. I have to wonder at the new Engineering building which is supposed to have a roof garden, but won’t be growing food. I have to wonder why when building a wind turbine for the engineering building, extra money wasn’t put into building one that could contribute power to the whole school, and cut electricity bills. Although I also have to wonder why it’s April and the heat is still blasting in some of the buildings.
I agree with most of what the writer says here, except for the part about the Student Support Program. I know countless students (and they are in every class) who were placed on academic probation, and they benefitted greatly from the SSP. I was one of those students myself, and if it weren’t for the innovative and encouraging SSP and Anne Bartlett, I would have left university. Rather than adding another part-time counsellor, the SSP puts students in a comfortable and safe environment where we can talk about why we ended up on academic probation, and how the situation can be turned around.