TORONTO, Jan. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Undergraduate Student
Alliance (OUSA) congratulates Kathleen Wynne on her selection as the
leader of the Ontario Liberal Party and Premier-designate of Ontario.
We look forward to working closely with Premier-designate Wynne and her
new cabinet to improve the accessibility, affordability, quality and
accountability of Ontario's post-secondary education system, just as we
worked with Premier McGuinty's government to achieve these same goals.
Students will work closely with Premier Wynne to achieve her platform
commitment to improve the accessibility and affordability of Ontario's
post secondary system. Specifically, students applaud her commitment to
find sustainable and predictable funding that reflects the real needs
of Ontario's higher education sector. Students recommend the first step
toward this is to ensure that students' contribution to the costs of
our post secondary system through tuition do not continue to grow at an
unsustainable rate. In recognition of this, students have recommended
the government freeze tuition for at least one year, and that beyond
that, tuition increases should be no higher than inflation. Students
have also asked that the government end the practice of flat-fee
billing, as it charges students for education they do not receive. As
one of the first decisions the new government will make, Ontario
students look forward to a tuition framework announcement soon that
marks a clear break from the past. To learn more about OUSA's
recommendations for Ontario's next tuition framework, please check out
our two-part government submission available here and here.
OUSA believes that the provincial government must ensure that growth in
public funding to post secondary institutions keeps pace with or
exceeds private funding, in recognition that a post-secondary education
provides substantial benefits to the public. In the long term, Ontario
will only be able to maintain the public nature of its post secondary
sector if it maintains and expands its investment in it.
Improvements to the quality and productivity of our post secondary
sector, with a specific focus on teaching, must be a priority of the
provincial government moving forward. The government began this
discussion with the sector this past summer and students look forward
to continuing it with Premier Wynne and her cabinet. OUSA's
contributions to the sector discussion regarding quality and
productivity are available in our Educated Reform report, available here.
Students in Ontario also look forward to working with the new Premier on
her commitment to improve student mobility and flexibility through a
better credit transfer system. Students have long waited for a
comprehensive credit transfer system in Ontario, and look forward to
building on progress made by the McGuinty government in this area.
"OUSA wishes to thank outgoing Premier Dalton McGuinty for his nine
years of service to the province," said Alysha Li, OUSA President.
"Premier McGuinty made many contributions to post-secondary education
in Ontario during his term and we wish him well in his future
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
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