February Executive Blog
I’m going to give you all a little update on some of what AUSU and AU have been up to.
Over the past few weeks, I have been busy with working on consultations and committees regarding the future of Athabasca University. Chances are that you all have heard something over the past few months about a “provostial model” or the “third party review”, and maybe have been wondering what your future looks like since you decided to attend AU. Well, fear not! These are both good things to be happening right now, and after the consultations are done, AU will be better for it!
So what is a provost? A university provost is considered to be the university’s chief academic officer, and at AU, they would also have the role of VP Academic. The provost is the second ranking officer of the university. They would be responsible for the academic priorities for the university, including the creation and implementation of those priorities.
The provost would answer to the president and the board of governors for all educational affairs. The goal of moving to a provostial model at AU would be to improve the university’s academic mission and maintain a highly visible profile with students. Here’s hoping it will! You can read more about this here.
Now, on to the third party review. As you may have heard, the review will be undergone by Dr. Ken Coates. The goal of this review is to look forward and see where AU can be a few years down the road. Dr. Coats has said that keeping the university up and going is a given, and that “Athabasca University has a chance to re-invent itself and expand its current operations and model to do some really, truly exciting things.” The university board members, along with other university stakeholders, are all currently being consulted about what they want to see from the outcome. You can read more about this here.
Don’t worry – AUSU has representatives that sit on the Board of Governors, which means AU students will have representation during these consultations and committee meetings.
Feel free to share your thoughts and questions in the comments, or to shoot me an email at [email protected].
Thanks for reading!
AUSU VP External and Student Affairs