Tagged Alberta post-secondary

CAUS announces priorities for year

By Jason Herring, September 4 2017 — Affordability of education and increased institutional funding are among the issues that Alberta student executives plan to advocate for this year. The Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS) released their 2017–18 priorities list in late July. CAUS is an advocacy group consisting of student executives from major Alberta post-secondaries…

Tuition freeze benefits students

At General Faculties Council on Feb. 16, University of Calgary president Elizabeth Cannon said the U of C is unlikely to receive funding to make up for the shortfall in its budget due to the extension of the provincial tuition freeze. While a budget shortfall can impact the quality of education at the U of…

Tuition freeze not black and white

On Oct. 19, the Alberta government announced a one-year extension to the tuition freeze through the 2017—18 academic year. Normally, tuition is tied to the National Consumer Price Index and changes are voted on by a university’s Board of Governors. But with the freeze extended into the upcoming academic year, there will be no increases…

Right to strike vital for faculty association labour policy

By Kate Jacobson, October 25 2016 — In early 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the right to strike is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantee of freedom of association. All groups, no matter who they work for, have the right to withhold their labour by going on strike….

Arts vs. science: an unnecessary debate

By Isobel Chiang, October 4 2016 — The dot-com boom of the late ‘90s heightened the demand for careers in science, technology, engineering and math. In the blink of an eye and the click of a mouse, the age of interconnectivity eclipsed the age of enlightenment and STEM degrees increased exponentially in value. More recently, there…

A lower voting age benefits democracy

By Tina Shaygan, August 30 2016 — Last week, Edmonton City Council passed a vote to endorse the lowering of the municipal voting age to 16. There are sound arguments on both sides of the issue, but ultimately a voting age of 16 should be implemented. People do not fall down a rabbit hole on…

ACAD students host rally to protest administration, government

By Scott Strasser, July 4 2016 — Students brought up registration and timetabling conflicts, campus accessibility, administrative understaffing and a lack of provincial funding. “Many people have been very frustrated with systemic issues that have been facing the students for years,” ACAD student and rally organizer Jonah Derkson said. “We have a lot of diverse…

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