TORONTO, May 13, 2014 /CNW/ - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
(OUSA) is pleased to release An Educated Election: Ontario's Student Platform, the student vision for the future of post-secondary education in
Ontario. Undergraduates have designed a series of recommendations that
if adopted by Ontario's political parties, will better ensure that all
willing and qualified students are able to access a university
"Students are concerned with a lack of focus on post-secondary education
priorities by all major parties thus far during the provincial
election," said Jennifer Carter, OUSA Steering Committee Member from
Western University. "Investments in post-secondary education will
address many of the challenges that all parties have rightly identified
concerning Ontario's economic prosperity and high youth unemployment."
An Educated Election: Ontario's Student Platform focuses on five major PSE recommendations primarily designed to address
the decreasing affordability and accessibility of a undergraduate
degree in Ontario. Recommendations include a one year tuition freeze
coupled with increased funding for universities, the conversion of
education and tuition related tax credits into upfront grants available
students when they need them most, the extension of financial aid
eligibility to students studying part-time, increased co-operative
education opportunities to prepare students for the labour market, and
the creation of open-access education resources and textbooks for
faculty and students.
"Despite rapidly rising student contributions to the cost of a
university degree, students have not seen the increases in education
quality they would expect given rising tuition rates and associated
educational costs," said Stéphane Hamade, OUSA Steering Committee
Member from the University of Waterloo. "Students believe that this
provincial election presents an ideal opportunity for all parties to
begin to address these shortcomings and work towards creating a more
affordable and accessible higher education system for the province."
To read An Educated Election: Ontario's Student Platform, click here.
About the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
OUSA represents the interests of almost 140,000 professional and
undergraduate, full- and part-time university students at seven member
associations across Ontario.
SOURCE: Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
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