September 5th, 2019
TORONTO, ON - This morning, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) released Volume 13 of their annual magazine, Educated Solutions. This year's edition focuses on the importance of student-led advocacy and the challenges it faces in Ontario today.
“The advocacy that student associations conduct improves the affordability, accessibility, accountability, and quality of post-secondary education in Ontario,” said Catherine Dunne, President of OUSA and Vice-President of Western’s University Students’ Council (USC). “With recent changes, it’s more important than ever to support student-led advocacy.”
Ontario’s rich tradition of student-led advocacy has led to improvements and solutions in many areas, including campus mental health services, work-integrated learning opportunities, and student financial aid. The implementation of the Student Choice Initiative, which allows students to opt out of the fees that fund student associations, will likely make it difficult for these organizations to continue advocating for and providing services to students.
“We wanted to give our partners in the post-secondary sector the opportunity to talk about what student-led advocacy can accomplish and the obstacles it faces in today’s political climate,” said Ryan Tishcoff, Research and Policy Analyst at OUSA. “OUSA will draw on the ideas in this year’s edition to address shared concerns and help create a more accessible, affordable, accountable, and high-quality post-secondary system in Ontario.”
Each year, Educated Solutions provides a medium for post-secondary stakeholders across Ontario to provide their thoughts, opinions, and insights on issues related to Ontario’s post-secondary education system. OUSA hopes that the diverse perspectives in this year’s edition will spark debate and discussion around the challenges facing Ontario’s post-secondary sector.
Volume 13 of Educated Solutions can be found here.
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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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