OUSA Releases Report on Student Financial Assistance in Ontario

Addressing Student Debt (Aversion)

With the ever-rising cost of tuition in Ontario, student loans have increasingly become an integral part of the life of a university student. In 2012/2013, 4 in 10 students in Ontario received student loans from the provincial government. Forty-eight per cent of students in the province stated that they felt the current loans program was unfair and this attitude presented more so in respondents from underrepresented groups. Although the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) does provide significant aid to tens of thousands of students across the province and thereby allowing them to gain …read more

Job Posting: Director of Communications

Formed in 1992, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is a non-profit advocacy organization that strives to effectively and responsibly represent Ontario’s full and part-time undergraduate students to lobby for an affordable, accessible, accountable and high-quality higher education system. In order to achieve these goals, OUSA provides research and policy solutions to government, organizes campaigns, communicates their priorities, and develops partnerships with post-secondary education sector stakeholders. With a membership of more than 140,000 undergraduate, professional full a …read more

Should university professors and teaching assistants (TAs) be compelled to train as teachers? Yes. Obviously.
Not everyone agrees, of course (least of all, professors). The idea of compulsory training for university instructors is controversial, but the idea makes undeniable sense. We require our elementary and secondary school teachers to have teaching credentials. Why aren’t Ontario’s undergrads – who are paying more than ever for their education – given the same assurance that their instructors know the first thing about teaching?
According to a 2012 report by the Higher Education Q …read more

Pension Tension

Over the past couple of years, pensions have become a much talked about issue at Ontario’s universities. This is for a few reasons: pensions have become a significant part of the costs of running a university; pension solvency concerns and government interventions in pensions have called the future of certain pension models into question; and pensions are a big part of what separates precarious academic workers from tenured and long-term academic workers.
University pension plans tend to be one of three types: defined benefit plans, in which a contributor is guaranteed a certain payment upon …read more