OUSA is back on the road again, on our way to Queen’s after a full day at Western, including a town hall on OSAP, a presentation to the University Student’s Council, and meetings with administration, campus media and some esteemed OUSA alumni. Since I’m sitting alone in the back of the car as punishment for being slightly late this morning, it is a great opportunity to read the study released today by the Labour Statistics Division of Statistics Canada highlighting new figures for student …read more
One of the Ontario government’s goals for the Reaching Higher Plan was to improve the overall quality of our post-secondary education system. Five years and billions of dollars later, students and government alike are concerned with the lack of results. The causes have been debated at length, but whether it was unexpected enrollment growth or unchecked cost inflation at our institutions that swallowed this funding, improving the learning environment and investing in student success continue to …read more
Starting the week with a normal commute seemed a little odd today, but a reprieve from our road trip across Ontario visiting campuses has been more than welcome. After being on the road since September 17th, we get 2 days in the office before heading out for another 3 campuses in 4 days, with the most daunting drive being the London-Kingston overnight.
Despite the slight fatigue, we’ve been very encouraged throughout our campus visits when talking to students, who’ve been eager to discuss po …read more
OUSA’s odometer is increasing at a quick pace as our campus visit fortnight continues. Wednesday at Windsor was a great success, culminating in a presentation to the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance. Windsor’s done some great things to support their increasingly large international student population, and it was great to meet with the head of their international centre and discuss ways to increase support for these students before, during and after their degree. I also enjoyed the …read more