What is our “new normal?” Navigating post-pandemic post-secondary education
Students Enthusiastic About Changes to Student Financial Assistance Presented in 2015 Ontario Budget
Ontario students are pleased to see improvements to Student Financial Assistance needs assessments in the Ontario 2015 Provincial Budget. New improvements include the removal of in-study income exemptions, a simplified student contribution, the decoupling of grants and loans as well as a vehicle exemption. By addressing the assessment process, the budget makes the system more accessible, understandable and empowers students to support their education while in school. These changes will make it easier for students to continue to finance their education and can have the power to bring Ontario’s students above the low-income cutoff while providing them with the ability to save money for during and after school without penalty.
The Ontario Undergraduate Alliance (OUSA) is proud to announce the release of “Those Who Can, Teach; Evaluating Teaching and Learning Strategies in Ontario’s Universities”, a submission exploring pedagogy and instruction methods within Ontario’s universities. The submission calls on the provincial government and universities to better prioritize teaching quality, and provides nineteen targeted recommendations to improve the caliber of education in universities.
Ontario University Students Travel to Queen's Park, Meet with Kathleen Wynne to Incite Changes on Mental Health Care, Financial Accessibility
Student leaders representing over 140,000 undergraduate and professional students are traveling to Queen’s Park to meet with Premier Kathleen Wynne, Deputy Premier Deb Matthews, and the Opposition Leader Jim Wilson (as well as party critics, MPPs, and Ministers) Representatives from the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) will sit in more than sixty meetings and ask for improved front-line student health support, streamlined student financial aid, and improved access to work-integrated learning opportunities.
The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is supportive of today’s announcement by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities of $12 million for two additional years of funding for the Mental Health Innovation Fund. First created in 2012 by the provincial government, the Mental Health Innovation aims to support innovative approaches to on-campus mental health service delivery and encourages knowledge sharing and best practices between institutions, mental health care providers, and the government.
The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is proud to announce the release of Paying Our Way: A Look at Student Financial Assistance Usage in Ontario, the fourth report of the 2014 What Students Want Report Series. In November 2013, OUSA launched its biennial Ontario Post-Secondary Student Survey and received approximately 9,000 responses to a series of 140 post-secondary related questions. Paying Our Way: A Look at Student Financial Assistance Usage in Ontario examines the ways in which undergraduates in Ontario are funding their university education.
The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) welcomes Reza Moridi as Ontario’s new Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. A former Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities from 2007-2009, Minister Moridi will also serve Ontario’s Minister of Research and Innovation in Premier Kathleen Wynne’s new Cabinet.
The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) congratulates the Ontario Liberal Party and Premier Wynne on their re-election in Ontario. Students are eager to begin working with all elected Members of Provincial Parliament to address many of the challenges currently facing post-secondary students in Ontario.
The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is proud to announce the release of We Work Hard for Our Money: Student Employment and the University Experience in Ontario, the third report of the 2014 What Students Want Report Series. In November 2013, OUSA launched its biennial Ontario Post-Secondary Student Survey and received approximately 9,000 responses to a series of 140 post-secondary related questions. Today’s report launch examines the experiences undergraduate students have had with summer employment and work undertaken during the academic term.
The affordability of a university education remains an important priority for a majority of Ontarians during the current provincial election according to the results of a recent survey released by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) today. Ipsos Canada conducted a random sample survey of 1008 Ontarians aged 18 or older regarding their views on the affordability and utility of a post-secondary education within the province as part of OUSA’s It’s Your Vote election campaign.