Students compare party platforms on higher education

TORONTO, Sept. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - With the 2011 Ontario Election now underway, college and university students have released a tool to help compare the political parties' commitments to improve post-secondary education. As part of the It's Your Vote campaign launched last week, students released a joint platform, Our Vote, Our Future, which each party's higher education platforms are being evaluated against.

"College and university students have voiced that affordability, accessibility, quality and mobility are priorities for them," says Brian Costantini, President of the College Student Alliance (CSA). "We're hopeful that political parties will continue the discussion of post-secondary education throughout the campaign and take advantage of engaging with this untapped population."

"What we want to provide is a comprehensive guide to help students get informed about each party's plans for higher education," said Sean Madden, President of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA). "We want to cut the jargon and let students judge for themselves which party's plans best reflect their priorities."

The platform comparison is just one of many tools for students found on the collaborative website itsyourvote.ca. The comparison will be updated throughout the campaign as parties make any additional commitments to students. The student platform, along with videos and blogs that will be released throughout the campaign, can also be found on the site.

The College Student Alliance and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance represent over 280,000 college and university students at 34 student associations in communities across Ontario.

SOURCE Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance

For further information:

or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Jim Robeson, Director of Advocacy, College Student Alliance, 416-340-1212,
advocacy@collegestudentalliance.ca

Alvin Tedjo, Director of Communications, Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, 416-341-9948,
communications@ousa.ca

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