Press Release: Students Enthusiastic About Changes to Student Financial Assistance Presented in 2015 Ontario Budget

Over the first few months of my term, I have found myself grappling with the idea of change in the post-secondary education sector. Does the sector need to change to meet the current demands of society and if so, how? How easily can change be made at institutions of higher learning? How will universities change in response to sector-wide change?
While these questions are rather broad in scope, I believe this thought experiment is worth conducting. As institutions of higher learning respond powerfully to financial incentives, funding is typically at the core of all discussions centered on subst …read more

TORONTO, August 27, 2015 /CNW/ – The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is proud to announce the release of Formulating Change: Recommendations for Ontario’s University Funding Formula Reform. In early 2015, the provincial government announced plans to conduct a review of the processes by which it allocates funds to universities, with the goal of developing a more “quality-driven, sustainable and transparent” model of distributing resources. OUSA’s submission contains student-centric and quality-based propositions on how Ontario can improve and modernize the funding framew …read more

As I sat down at my final exam of fourth year, I was not surprised to see a scantron sheet in front of me. All throughout university, I would estimate that around 90% of the quizzes, tests, and exams I wrote were multiple choice. I did not do well on multiple choice tests and I never fully understood why. I always got caught up on the multiple multiples or my personal favourite – choose the “best” answer questions. It was easy for me to use the same old excuse of “I’m just not good at exams” but it frustrated me that my knowledge and understanding of the topic was not being ill …read more

As summer comes to an end and the school year approaches, most universities have started to send out invoices for tuition. However, students don’t just pay for tuition; their invoices typically come with a long list of expenditures, better known as “non-tuition compulsory ancillary fees”. According to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), these are “fees imposed or administered by a given institution, or one of its constituent parts or its federated or affiliated institutions, in addition to regular tuition fees, which a student is required to pay in order …read more