OUSA Releases Report on Student Financial Assistance in Ontario

“No, I continued, there would be no rubric. And as I saw the crestfallen faces in front of me I realized what these students expected me to be: a helicopter teacher.” reads The Rise of the Helicopter Teacher, penned by Steven Conn. The piece argues that students are being coddled and over-accommodated by teachers, which is leading to grade inflation and a failure to learn. I argue that students are getting less student-teacher involvement than in the past, and that being asked to achieve by specific metrics without a rubric explaining what those metrics are disadvantages all students. We n …read more

Hello all! My name is Rick Camman and I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to serve as the Vice President Administration & Human Resources of OUSA this year. It has been both an exciting and exhausting beginning for all of us here at OUSA as we jumped directly into our roles with a provincial election being called just one day later. Now that the election is over, we’ve been working hard to making sure that the rhetoric of job creation and infrastructure which has commanded this past election does not lead to an overshadowing of student priorities.
To tell you a little bi …read more

My bags are packed; I’m ready to go…

So for those of you who don’t know, about seven months ago this happened: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8amYGbFOs4c
That’s right, we’ve got a little future PSE-er on the way! Early outreach, anyone?
Anyway… So my time at OUSA has come to an end. Though I am excited for this new chapter in my life, I am sad to say bye to an amazing organization and an even more amazing team of inspiring individuals.
On the topic of those individuals, I’d like to start off with thanking them. I work with a team who even the most awesome words can’t describe; they really are so much better than anyt …read more

When I got accepted to King’s University College at Western University, I could not have been more excited. I was ready to leave home, leave high school, and begin the next chapter of my life. Unfortunately, right before I received my acceptance, my father lost his job. This was a devastating blow to my family and forced me to critically question whether I would be able to financially support myself at such a young age.
The first time I applied to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), I was evaluated to receive $100. That’s right, one hundred dollars. I needed to find $7,000 for t …read more