Langara College faculty are questioning whether their jobs are in jeopardy after receiving an email announcing a budget deficit in the millions though smaller than expected.
Faculty are asking “What’s next?” and are concerned about how much input they have regarding budget decisions, said Langara Faculty Association (LFA) president Lynn Carter.
Langara President Lane Trotter circulated the email to Langara faculty and staff announcing that the three-year projected budget deficit has been reduced to $6 million, from the previously calculated $8 million. The document outlined steps taken to reduce the gap as well as a strategy to develop new ways to approach the budget.
Roy Daykin, chief financial officer and vice president of administration and community engagement, is heading up a Budget Principles Task Force that he says will make recommendations to senior leadership about the “things that are important to the institution and things that we have to adhere to.”
According to Daykin, the task force will meet over the next five weeks and have significant representation from faculty and faculty leadership.
“This is about figuring out how we do business differently and developing the principles that drive those decisions,” he said.