Many AU students have either read or heard something regarding the sustainability of the university, or the rumors that it may have to close its doors. This information is very troubling to students as AU plays such a vital role in the lives of those who attend it. While it is still true that the university is unsustainable at this time, there has been a lot of recent support given towards AU from the government, including a statement that AU will not be closing!
On April 5 AUSU and AUGSA executives were able to meet with the Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt to discuss the current situation of AU. We had three items on our Agenda that we wanted to discuss. The items were as follows:
- The importance and uniqueness of Athabasca University,
- Funding to AU and the detriment of uncertainty, and
- An invitation for Minister Schmidt to attend convocation.