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[Meeting minutes of the Senate of The University of British Columbia] 1922-06-19

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Monday, June 19 th, i.9 22
699 A special meeting of the Senate of The
University of British Columbia was held on Monday, June
19th, 1922, at 8:00 P. M. in the Board Room at the
Universi ty.
Present:  The President, the Chancellor, Dean
Coleman, Mr. P. A. Boving, Mr. W. Sadler, Dr. E. H.
Archibald, Dr. T. H. Boggs, Rev. W. L. Clay, Mr. L. F.
Robertson, Bishop de Pencier, Mr. G. A. Fergusson, Judge
Howay, Mr. W. P. Argue, Dr. G. G. Sedgewiok, Dr. N.
Wolverton, Miss A. B. Jamieson, Mr. Cecil Killam, Mr.
J. S. Gordon, Dr. W. B. Burnett, Mr. J. I.I. Turnbull, Mr.
G. E. Robinson, Rev. A. H. Sovereign, Principal W. H.
Dean Coleman )
Dr. Sedgewiok)  That Professor Robertson be
Secretary pro tern.     Oarried
The  Secretary  read  the call  of   the  meeting
as  follows:
A special meeting of the Senate of The
University of British Columbia will be held
on Monday, June 19th, at 8::00 P. M. in the
Board Room, -
To oonsider the action of the Board of
Governors wi th respect to ;;he fees for 1922-23.
A letter from the Acting Seoretary of the
Minister of Education stated that Dr, MacLean was out of
the Province and would be away until the end of June.
Dean Coleman )
Dr. Sedgewiok)  That the letter be filed.
Carried 700
Monday,   June   19th,   1922
The President requested  that  a  Chairman pro   tern
be  appointed,   in   order  that  he  might  be   free   to   take   part
in   the   discussion.
Judge Howay)
Dr. Boggs  )  That the Chancellor take the
Chair. Carried
The   President   laid  before  Senate   the  proposal
of   the  Board  of  Governors  to  increase   the  fees  in Arts
and   Science   to   $90.00   and   in   Applied   Science   and  in
Agriculture   to   $100.00  and  asked   the   concurrence   of
Senate.     After  a  general  discussion  Dean  Coleman   submitted a resolution  from the  Faoulty of Arts and Science
protesting against   the  increase     of   tuition   fees   in   that
Mr. Sovereign)
■" Mr. Killam   )  That we re-affirm the conclusion
reached at the last Senate meeting that the fees remain the
same as during the preceding
year, as we see no sufficient
reason for a change.  Carried
Mr. Killam )
Dr. Burnett)  That we recommend to the Board of
Governors the omission from the
calendar of the two final years
of Electrical Engineering and the
course in Spanish.      Carried
Mr. Killam  )
Dean Coleman)  That the President be empowered
to fill from the Senate body,
any vacancy that may occur in the
Calendar Committee.    Carried
Dean Coleman )
Dr. Sedgewiok)  That the resolution from the
Faculty of Arts and Science be
spread upon the minutes.
Carried (288)
Monday, June 19th, 1922.
702        WHEREAS, the Faculty of Arts and Science of The
University of British Columbia believes that the
proposal to raise the tuition fee in Arts and Science
to $90.00 is unnecessary and inexpedient on the basis
of the following considerations:
1. The present Arts and Science fee of $50.00 is
higher than that of any Provincial University in
Canada at the present time.  In every other respect than that of teaching - that is, in grounds,
buildings, general equipment, athletic and other
recreative facilities - The University of British
Columbia is so much below these other universities
that comparison is hardly possible.  To raise the
fee to $90.00 will, in view of these faots, place
us in a olass quite by ourselves and give us a
distinction which our own general public and the
rest of the Dominion will not be slow to note.
2. This Faculty would point out that the raising of
fees would almost certainly have a disastrous
effect upon University attendance from outside
Vancouver.  The charge is constantly made that
this University is, to all intents and purposes,
a local institution.  At present this charge is
not well founded:  there are now registered 317
students from outside the limits of the lower
mainland, and the number of such students has been
constantly and rapidly growing.  The proposed increase in fees might readily make it a positive
advantage for outside students to go elsewhere,
and thereby diminish our hold on the province as
a whole.
3. The University of British Columbia will, in our
opinion, sacrifice absolutely the ideals upon
which public higher education in Canada and elsewhere is founded if it admits the principle -
which to us is plainly implied in the present
movement - that the controlling purpose in the
fixing of fees is to bring the maximum amount of
revenue into the University treasury, regardless
of any effect which a high fee may have upon the
number and quality of students in attendance, or
upon the general educational interests of the
province.  We admit that this statement does not
necessarily hold true of institutions privately
4.  No accurate estimate can, of course, be made of
the decrease in attendance which will result from
the fixing of the fee at $90.00, but we nat n''~
take, as the best available, the President'
estimate that the total attendance next yee
but we naturally
" s
r will (289)
Monday, June 19th, 1922
be 900.  In suoh a case the decrease will be
approximately 250.  Of this the Arts and Science
portion will be at least 150.  This will mean that
annually 150 of the youth of British Columbia will
either be deprived of an opportunity for the type
of education which the complexity of modern life
makes increasingly necessary, or will be compelled
to seek it where fees are much lower, and under
conditions where the costs of travel do not enter
as a too serious item in the year's expenses.
In consequence, students from this province will
be drawn in increasing numbers either to the
Provincial University of Alberta or to institutions
in the adjoining American States.  In the first
case we shall suffer in provinoial prestige and
also in provincial self-respect.  In the seoond
case we shall have sent our youth to seek from
strangers those benefits which both natural
affection and an enlightened regard for our 'Own
interests should impel us to provide for them
at home.
5. The Faculty of Arts and Science will be operating
next year upon a budget slightly less than that of
last year.  This self denial, which in some cases
seriously threatens our efficiency, was undertaken
because we wished to do all in our power to
obviate the necessity of increased fees.  Now it
would seem that the Faculty which has already made
the most sacrifice is called upon to make the
major contribution to the proposed expansion of
another faculty.  Two further considerations seem
to us to be pertinent in this connection.  First -
the Faculty of Arts and Science provides completely
for the academic needs of two-thirds of the student
body, and, to a considerable extent, for the
aoademic needs of the remaining one-third.  Second -
the average cost per student in the Faoulty or Arts
and Science is, according to the best estimate at
present available, very much less than the cost
per student :in other faculties.
6. We do not believe we are in any way transgressing
the bounds of professional courtesy or unduly enlarging our function as a University Faculty, if,
in view of the danger which confronts us, we oall
the attention of Senate to the fact that the purpose which the increase in fees is intended to
serve is a very special one, - for which there is
at present no sufficient justification, and that
to sacrifice for such a purpose the interests of
several hundred students to the point of excluding (290)
Monday, June 19th, 1922
many of them from the University is not good
publi c policy.
7. We are informed that a considerable proportion of
the sum which it is proposed to raise for next
year by an increase in fees, is to be used to
provide additional equipment for the department
of Mechanical Engineering in the Faculty of
Applied Science.
This i s an expenditure on capital account,
and will not need to be repeated in the years
following:  yet, though the need for increased
revenue is, so far as this item is concerned, a
temporary one, the larger fee will, if adopted,
almost certainly be permanent;  for experience
has shown that it is much easier to raise fees
than to lower them.  While refraining from any
expression of opinion on the more general question,
we feel that if the expense referred to is distributed over a number of years, the additional
fee within the Faculty of Applied Science alone
will be ample to meet it.
8, If attendance is to be limited, the Faculty of
Arts and Science feels that the proper method is
to exclude students who, because of unsuitable
character or insufficient scholarship, can profit
little, if at all, from attendance at a University.
But it is seriously apprehensive of the results
both as regards the quality of the University work
and as regards the place of the University in the
esteem of the Province, if a policy is adopted
which will leave University classes open to sons
and daughters of the rich and exclude the children
of parents whose means are less ample.  Striking
examples can be given of excellent students who
can barely meet the necessary University expenses
at the present time, and who, under the proposed
increase, will either have to discontinue attendance or else carry on their work under a cruel
handicap.  The argument that these are individual
oases loses its weight when one considers that
these cases make up at the present time a considerable portion of the student body.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty of Arts
and Soience of The University of British Columbia
respectfully urge that Senate do not recommend such
an increase at the present time.
(Signed on behalf of the Faculty of Arts
and Science, and in accordance with its
instructions)     H. T. J. Coleman. < (291)
Monday, June 19th, 1922
^   703 Mr. Sovereign)
Mr. Killam   )  That Dean Coleman and
^ Professor Robertson be em
powered to prepare a statement
for the press.        Oarr.led
Dr. Burnett)
Mr. Argue  )  That we adjourn.        Oarried
Chairman Seoretary


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