Monthly Archives: September 2010

Alberta needs to improve post-secondary access

The Government of Alberta released the annual reports for all 24 ministries including Alberta Advanced Education and Technology today. The report shows that Alberta is still making the grade when it comes to increasing access to Alberta's post-secondary system. Albertans were surveyed on whether they were satisfied that "adult Albertans can access education or training"

The municipal election on campus

Municipal elections will be held across Alberta on October 18, 2010 and Students' Unions are making sure their students will have access to the resources needed to make an informed decision. The University of Calgary Students' Union has been laying the groundwork all summer for their iVote campaign, which is encouraging students to vote through

Using Referenda at Alberta’s Campuses

We have been working on some research all summer, looking at the various referenda that have happened on our campuses since the 1970s. This came out of a conversation about how good a judge students are of fees that are proposed, and what would happen to student fees if Alberta moved to a referendum-only model

Great faculty make great universities

Our sister organization the Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA) announced the winners of its annual Distinguished Academic Awards last week and we are happy to congratulate Dr. Carole Estabrooks from the University of Alberta and Dr. Paul Hayes from the University of Lethbridge on their outstanding work at Alberta's universities. Dr. Estabrooks is a

Place your bets – it’s the Battle of Alberta!

As Duncan mentioned in an earlier post, today is the Battle of Alberta as the University of Alberta Golden Bears take on the University of Calgary Dinos. Yes, the Golden Bears may be coming off two in a row and have the momentum coming into the game but the Dinos will be their toughest competition

U of C Dinos @ U of A Golden Bears

The undefeated University of Alberta Golden Bears football team are playing host to the University of Calgary Dinos this afternoon. The Dinos are coming off a great season where they made it all the way to the Vanier Cup, losing to the Queen's Golden Gaels in the final game. The Bears have won both games

Alberta tuition above national average, other fees are the highest in Canada

Statistics Canada reported that tuition and fees at Canadian universities are on the rise, with Alberta above the national average in both categories. Average undergraduate tuition in Alberta is now $5,318, a 1.5% increase from last year. More worrying is Alberta's $818 in average non-instructional fees which leaves the province's students paying the highest non-instructional

Does a tax break create university access?

The CAUS proposal to end provincial tuition and education tax credits included in our budget recommendations has received a fair amount of attention lately. That might make some sense - after all it is not everyday that students call for the government to end a program. You can read the Edmonton Journal article on the

Our new home on the web

CAUS is happy to launch its new website! Included within our new site is all of the features of our old one, including all of our publications, political policies and our most recent news releases. As well, we will be able to highlight the issues we are working on and the issues facing our students.

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