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The jobs aren't gone, but 11 of 220 faculty positions will be left vacant next year, said BU vice-president of finance Scott Lamont.
BU needed to cut about $1.25 million after receiving its provincial operating grants for next year and calculating the impact of tuition fees going up by 4.5 per cent, Lamont said.
BU is balancing its budget by leaving the jobs vacant, digging into reserve funds, and making a variety of smaller cuts across campus.
Lamont said BU forecasts enrolment to drop by about three per cent. The university has about 3,000 students, or 2,200 full-time equivalent students.
He said that the board of governors removed from the budget a proposed hefty increase in international fees that would have taken effect a year from now in 2010-2011.
Governors decided to wait until new president Deborah Hoff starts Aug. 1, Lamont said. "She may have some feelings about how internationalization should be handled."
He said that there was considerable student opposition to raising international fees.
At about $5,500 a year for a maximum course load, BU's international fees are the lowest in Canada, double what a Canadian student pays, he said. The proposed increase would have resulted in paying triple the Canadian fees, comparable to a recent move at the University of Manitoba to make international fees 3.2 times as much as Canadian students pay.
BU has 110 international students. "Being the cheapest doesn't make you suddenly the most attractive to everyone," Lamont said.