The Ontario Ministry of Education announced yesterday that the successful Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program would be expanded further in 2011-12, a move that is strongly supported by Ontario secondary school, college and university students. Thanks to an investment of $22 million, the program is expected to reach 6,000 additional students, bringing total participation up to 34,000. That’s a significant increase from five years ago when the program began with just 600 students in le …read more
Recently I attended OUSA’s annual Partners in Higher Education Dinner. It’s a bit of a rubber chicken event (although the salmon was particularly good) with speakers and a teaching awards ceremony. People go to network, as most of the sector organizations have tables there. This year Ross Finnie spoke about access and Bob Rae gave the closing address. There was also a panel that included the new Globe and Mail education reporter, James Bradshaw.
During the question period, Mr. Bradshaw was a …read more
The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is pleased to announce that Chris Martin has been selected as OUSA’s next Director of Research effective May 1, 2011. A graduate of McMaster University, Chris was elected the 2009-10 Vice-President Education of the McMaster Students Union and represented McMaster students on the OUSA Steering Committee. Chris has a deep passion for student issues and has demonstrated countless times his commitment to working to improve post-secondary education …read more
This afternoon, MPP Yasir Naqvi introduced a Bill in the Ontario Legislature that would enshrine in law the right of student associations to collect and administer fees. Given the critical role that student associations play in the governance of Ontario’s colleges and universities and in providing necessary services to students, OUSA welcomes this legislation and encourages all Members of Provincial Parliament to support it.
In addition to acknowledging the right to collect fees, the Bill stat …read more