OUSA Steering Committee 2015-2016
The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) represents the interests of over 140,000 professional and undergraduate, full-time and part-time university students at seven student associations across Ontario.
Our vision is for an accessible, affordable, accountable and high quality post-secondary education in Ontario. To achieve this vision we’ve come together to develop solutions to challenges facing higher education, build broad consensus for our policy options, and lobby government to implement them.
Find out more about our activities, our structure, what people are saying about us, and the people behind the organization. We hope this gives you a comprehensive look at how OUSA is put together. If you have any questions about what we do, feel free to contact us.
Vision: To improve the accessibility, affordability, accountability and quality of undergraduate education in Ontario.
Mission: It is the mission of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance to:
- conduct research to identify issues affecting the accessibility, affordability, accountability and quality of undergraduate education in Ontario;
- develop credible and constructive policy to address these challenges;
- lobby the government to affect their undergraduate education policy;
- organize campaigns to effectively articulate the needs and interests of our members;
- communicate research and policy to both educate and affect the opinions of stakeholders, Ontarians and government; and
- build partnerships in the post-secondary education realm to accomplish our vision.
Principles: OUSA is guided by a number of key principles, including:
Member Driven – Students direct all of the activities of our organization, including our messages to government, our research and policy, our strategic direction, and all of our programs and deliverables. As a member, you are in the driver’s seat.
Decision-Making by Consensus – In order to ensure our decisions reflect the interests of all of our members, we endeavour to make decisions by consensus.
Access to Key Decision Makers – OUSA representatives strive to ensure students have access to key decision makers, including political and public service representatives in the provincial government, as well as Ministers and Members of Provincial Parliament. This access is driven by our professional approach to providing educated solutions while maintaining a strong position on our members’ opinions on issues related to their education.
Respect for the Autonomy of Individual Student Associations – Student associations retain autonomy over their own affairs in all matters, including policy, public messaging and methods of alignment.
Solution-Oriented – One of OUSA’s most important goals is to provide educated solutions to government through responsive research and policy on the issues that affect students the most.
Coordination – OUSA facilitates the coordination of public messaging and local lobbying efforts to the provincial government by member associations.
Accountable – We strive to be accountable to our members through responsible fiscal management and regular, public reporting of our activities.
Efficient – We strive to achieve maximum results with limited resources. Member fees are low at $2.90 per student.
Focused – In order to achieve successes for students, OUSA remains focused on undergraduate education issues.
Decentralized – As an alliance, OUSA only exists because of the contributions of member associations and student representatives at member schools. As a member, you are OUSA. Therefore, the student representatives on the Steering Committee direct all of the activities of the home office. Policy development is also executed at individual member schools.
Balanced Representation – In order to ensure balanced representation, our General Assembly delegations are based on population and our Steering Committee designates one vote per school.