Every year at the beginning of May CAUS holds its first meeting of the year to set its priorities, begin planning out the year and elect its new leadership. We met last weekend in Canmore, just outside of Calgary and it did not take long for us to realize that this year is going to be a special year – a hectic year filled with political change which represents tremendous opportunities for students to have their voices heard.

We set a number of priorities for the year, the most important being to begin setting our province down the path of having the highest post-secondary education participation rate in the country. Alberta is a province with the opportunity and the resources to make progress to increase the number of Albertans enrolled in university, college and technical institutes. That means not just increasing the number of spaces available but improving our completion rate and reducing the financial barriers to accessing a post-secondary education.

CAUS has also elected a new chair and vice-chair to lead our membership in the upcoming academic year. Congratulations to our chair Zack Moline from the University of Lethbridge and Farid Iskandar from the University of Alberta who will serve as our vice-chair. Both of these student leaders are excited about hitting the ground running and working on improving our post-secondary system.