September 7, 2022
OUSA Publishes Issue 16 of Educated Solutions:
Where Do We Go From Here? The Future of Post-Secondary in Ontario
TORONTO - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) has released Issue 16 of its annual magazine, Educated Solutions. This year's edition focuses on the future of post-secondary education in the province, and the various areas that governments, stakeholders, and institutions must consider as they develop their strategic visions for the sector.
“The pandemic unveiled and exacerbated many longstanding issues within the post-secondary education sector, from gaps in student financial aid and healthcare to hybrid learning and accessibility in education,” said Jessica Look, President of OUSA and Vice-President External Affairs of the University Students’ Union at Western University. “There are so many invaluable lessons that we will take with us for years to come. The future of post-secondary education has so much potential, and I hope that the perspectives highlighted in Educated Solutions help shape that path.”
The events over the past couple of years, both pandemic and non-pandemic related, have sparked conversation about how post-secondary can reimagine its policies and practices to cultivate a more accessible, affordable, accountable, high quality education system. As in-study and post-graduation climates continue to shift, it is essential that the post-secondary sector is equipped to sufficiently address the barriers that students face during and after their studies. These considerations include many areas of post-secondary that this year’s authors write about including hybrid learning, mental health, financial aid, accommodations, sexual and gender-based violence, and much more.
“Post-secondary provides students with foundational skills and experiences that prepare them to become active members of society,” said Malika Dhanani, Research and Policy Analyst at OUSA. “Going forward, the sector must take measures to ensure that students have an enriching and welcoming environment during their studies so that they can contribute to their full potential after their studies.”
Each year, Educated Solutions gives post-secondary stakeholders across Ontario an opportunity to provide their thoughts, opinions, and insights on issues affecting Ontario’s post-secondary education system. OUSA hopes that the diverse perspectives in this year’s edition will offer insight into how all post-secondary sector leaders and partners can work together to shape the future of post-secondary in ways that enhance the collective student experience.
Issue 16 of Educated Solutions can be found here.
About: OUSA represents the interests of 150,000 professional and undergraduate, full-time and part-time university students at eight student associations across Ontario. Our vision is for an accessible, affordable, accountable, and high-quality post-secondary education in Ontario.
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