AUSU provides advocacy for all AU students in two disctinct ways.
Individual Student Advocacy:
Your academic concerns are important to AUSU, and we appreciate when our members bring
forward issues that that they feel are detrimental to achieving maximum satisfaction in their
The University is very open to discussion with AUSU regarding student concerns,
but our feedback must be logical and organized. For this reason your input is essential.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have concerns
or feedback about things such as:
- course problems
- academic or exam fees
- tutor concerns or commendations
- new course suggestions
- any ideas that will improve your academic experience overall
If you are having any kind of problem with with the university, your student funding organization,
or anything else related to your university courses, AUSU is always here to advocate on your behalf, or to provide
you with information to assist you in your communications with these agencies if you wish to make contact on your own.
Do not hesitate to write email@example.com if you require assistance or information.
External, or Group Advocacy:
AUSU regularly advocates on behalf of all our members through a number of intitiatives. These include, but
are not limited to:
- membership in external student organizations (such as the Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS))
- lobbying the provincial and federal governments for increased educational funding, equitable student loans programs,
scholarships and bursaries, and other student issues
- student representatives on a number of AU's internal committees, including Governing Council, Academic Council,
the Budget Advisory Committee, and the Student Appeals Committee
- holding forums with guest speakers on a range of educational issues
- financial and volunteer support for various student initiatives such as conferences, funding for disabled students at AU,
and student campaigns for tuition reform and other issues relevant to all students
Below are links to information, transcripts and sound files from some AUSU information sessions and forums,
as well as other advocacy related items.
Dear Prime Minister...
AUSU asked students to write to the Prime Minister in support of improved funding for education.
The need for such letters is still high. The voice of Canadian students, in support of the provinces' requests for
more education dollars, could be a factor in deciding how the Feds fulfill these requests. To find out more and to read some
sample letters from AU students, see our Dear Prime Minister... page
AUSU Public Forums
October 21st Bill 43 Forum
On October 21, 2003, AUSU hosted a forum for the discussion of the Alberta Government's proposed
education Bill 43.
The forum speakers included AUSU VP Shirley Barg, who also spoke as chair of the Council of Alberta University
Students (CAUS), CAUS Execitive Director Melanie Thomas, and ACTISEC Chair Brett Bergie.
To access written transcripts for
this meeting, go to the forum page, here.
August 10th 2003 tuition discussion with AU President, Dominique Abrioux
On August 10th, Dr. Abrioux attended an AUSU council meeting, and addressed the councillors and
students present on the issue of tuition deregulation.
Following the address, there was an open question period in which both council members and students
were able to participate