Statistics Unit established
The Board of Regents has approved the establishment of
an Operational Statistics Unit in the Office of the Vice-President.
The new unit will undertake special studies for senior academic
administrative officers and various committees. It will act as
a resource group, gathering and analyzing data and evaluating
the likely effects of different courses of action. Arnold Betz,
former director of the Computer Centre, is the units new
Task Force study launched
University President M.O. Morgan announced a Presidential
Task Force to examine the entire spectrum of the universitys
activities and to seek ways and means to increase revenues and
decrease costs. The chair of the task force is Pro Vice-Chancellor
Dr. Leslie Harris. Seven sub-task forces will also examine revenue,
academic support services, services to students, administrative
support services, research and community
ETV live from the Avalon Mall
Channel 13, Memorials Educational Television, went live
for the five days of Education Week this month. ETV set up in
the Avalon Mall to acquaint the Newfoundland public with the
provinces university and specifically with its educational
television facility. During twice-a-day live telecasts, hosts
Linda Pfeiffer and Fred Hollinghurst interviewed people active
at all levels of provincial education and within the university.
Budget provides increase
The provincial budget this month gives Memorial a 9.6
per cent increase in its operating and furnishing/equipment grants,
providing a total of $78.9 million for the 1986-87 fiscal year.
In addition, the Faculty of Medicine will receive $12,970,000
in grants and subsidies, up from $12,154,000 the previous year.
President Leslie Harris said this is a signal of governments
commitment to the importance of post-secondary education in the
province, but that members of the university community should
not forget that the current years budget has been balanced
only by withholding about $2 million from Pension Fund contributions.
Cutbacks, fee hikes announced
Memorial will face severe austerity measures, including
job elimination, cutbacks in programs and services and increased
fees, as a result of the shortfall in provincial government funding
for the coming year. President Arthur May said even with the
provincial governments one-year wage freeze, the university
still faces an estimated $7 to $8 million shortfall in revenue.
The Extension Service will be eliminated and most of its functions
discontinued. The Diagnostic and Remedial Unit of the Faculty
of Education will be abolished; the Botanical Garden at Oxen
Pond will have a reduction in staffing levels; the activities
of the Maritime History Archive will be reduced; and direct university
funding for the Ocean Sciences Centre will be reduced. In the
Faculty of Medicine, which receives separate funding through
the provincial Department of Health, cutbacks will result in
about 20 positions being eliminated.
Recruitment efforts increased
Memorial wants the best students the province has to offer
and its getting serious about competing for them. As part
of a new focus on recruitment which reflects the highly competitive
90s, Memorial is now offering more than half of its entrance
scholarships to high school students two months earlier than
usual. Other initiatives include improving information brochures,
making a home for Memorial on the World Wide Web, and fostering
school spirit among the thousands of students who attend.