Alberta

Why Build Half an Engineer?

Alberta economist Todd Hirsch wrote a great article in the Globe and Mail this weekend that I hope every Albertan, especially Finance Minister Dr. Ted Morton reads before budget day. If provincial governments truly believe that postsecondary education is key to competing in the global economy – and they should – then properly financing it

A good idea is building momentum

Linking increases in non-instructional fees to student approval was covered this weekend in the Calgary Herald and Metro. From the Calgary Herald article: The provincial government is getting behind a student proposal that would make it more difficult for universities and colleges to raise non-instructional fees. Three major student organizations are lobbying to close the

Changing the rules on tuition

Ed Stelmach’s cabinet quietly changed the rules around raising tuition in Alberta last Thursday through an order-in-council. You can read the new regulation and take a look at the news release that was put out on Thursday evening – but given the time of year and time of day, no one was expecting many news

Closer to regulating non-instructional fees

This morning's University of Alberta Gateway is covering a topic that has been at the top of our priority list since February - regulating non-instructional fees and ensuring that Students' Unions can send those fees to referendum rather than having them arbitrarily approved by a university's Board of Governors. The best news is that the

All about Alberta’s post-secondary graduates

The Government of Alberta recently released their survey of Alberta's post-secondary graduates that they do once every two years and there is as always some interesting facts about the class of 2008 that you might not have known. You can download it for yourself here (PDF), or just grab the highlights here (also a PDF).

Campus radio is an important part of universities

Alberta's universities have had campus radio stations for many decades - longer than I have been alive - and in that time have become a valuable part of not just the campus community, but the greater community in which they are situated. In a world where people are bombarded with commercial mainstream media we see

Wildrose Alliance announces advanced education policy

The Wildrose Alliance just announced their advanced education policy at the University of Calgary, and you can also see it here online. This is the first of what will be many announcements about post-secondary education leading up to the next election. It is evident that post-secondary education is a important issue for many Albertans, and

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"

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

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