TORONTO, Feb. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Undergraduate Student
Alliance (OUSA) welcomes Brad Duguid as the Minister of Training,
Colleges and Universities for Ontario. Students look forward to working
with Minister Duguid to recommit Ontario's post secondary system to
affordability, through a clear change in course on tuition.
In November of last year, students met with then Minister of Economic
Development and Innovation Duguid. "We have always appreciated
Minister Duguid's willingness to meet with students to discuss
opportunities to improve the landscape of experiential education in
Ontario," said Rylan Kinnon, Executive Director of OUSA. "In the past
year, we have had discussions about undergraduate research, cooperative
education, and entrepreneurial learning with the Minister,
conversations we hope to continue in his new portfolio."
Students also look forward to working with Minister Duguid on a number
of key issues that have been discussed in depth within the sector this
year. Of primary concern to students is the introduction of a new
tuition framework. A government committed to affordability and
sustainability cannot allow the existing framework, which has
substantially increased costs for students and the government, to
continue. Based on this, students in Ontario have asked the government
to freeze tuition for at least one year, and ensure that any future
increases do not exceed inflation. Students also ask the government to
end the process of flat-fee billing, which charges students, often
those most in need, for education they do not receive. To read more
about OUSA's position on tuition and related fees, please click here and here.
Students look forward to meeting with Minister Duguid in the immediate
future to discuss the aforementioned issues, as well as other means to
improve the accessibility, affordability, accountability and quality of
Ontario's post-secondary system.
"OUSA also wishes outgoing Ministers of Training, Colleges and
Universities John Milloy and Glen Murray the best of luck with their
new appointments as Government House Leader and Minister of
Transportation and Infrastructure respectively," said Alysha Li,
President of OUSA. "Former ministers Milloy and Murray have made
lasting contributions to post-secondary education in Ontario. We thank
them for fostering the current dialogue surrounding transformation
within the higher education sector and look forward to continuing this
conversation with Minister Duguid in the months to come."
About the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA)
OUSA represents the interests of over 155,000 professional and
undergraduate, full- and part-time university students at nine member
associations across Ontario.
SOURCE: Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
For further information:
or to arrange an interview, please contact Brandon Sloan, Director of Communications.
T: 416 341-9948