Here we are, in October. The last 9 months have been extraordinarily busy for me, as I have led AUSU’s advocacy efforts against retrospective program changes at Athabasca University.
In my July blog, I wrote about a situation that was unfolding within the Faculty of Health Disciplines (FHD) at AU. At the heart of the matter was that the Academic Planning, Policy, and Standards Committee had approved significant changes to the post LPN-BN program, and applied them retrospectively to all students already enrolled. This had never been done before at AU and there was no policy related to retroactive changes at AU.
At the same time, the Faculty of Health Disciplines also passed a number of changes at the course level to apply higher GPA pre-requisites for each clinical course throughout the program. For a detailed list of the changes, who approved them, and what the effect of them was, click here.
I was shocked to learn that these changes had been made, and had it not been for tireless and constant pressure from AUSU, they would have remained “as is” regardless of the negative, costly, and detrimental effect on students. With the support of AUSU Council, Executive and staff; I began the biggest advocacy effort in recent memory at AUSU. I’m pleased to report that while we are not finished yet, we have begun to see the benefit of our hard work.Continue Reading