AU Students Invited to Participate in AU Third Party Review!

Calling all AU students!

As you may have heard, the AU Board of Governors has commissioned Dr. Ken Coates to undertake an Independent Third Party Review of Athabasca University, with a view to providing advice to the Board of Governors and the Alberta Ministry of Advanced Education on the institution’s future.

Dr. Ken Coates is inviting all AU students to participate in this review by providing feedback, either through one of 3 arranged teleconferences, or by email. As students, you have an invaluable perspective on the operations, contributions, and challenges of Athabasca University.

For more information, you can review the Terms of Reference for the Third Party Review online here or review AU’s recent news release about the review online here.

There are no parameters around your contributions.  You may wish to speak regarding the student support systems and services, university’s financial situation and options, learning model, technological issues, multi-campus operations, or other aspects of AU’s current or future plans.  Dr. Coates is particularly interested in your views of AU’s mandate and options for successful and sustainable operations going forward.

Ways to Participate:

Take part in one of three 1-hour teleconference being held. Teleconference number: 1 855 228.6652, Participant pass code: 5446862

  • Monday, March 6 at 1:00pm MT
  • Wednesday, March 8 at 7:00pm MT
  • Friday, March 10 at 9:00am MT


Email Dr. Ken Coates directly at All comments will be held in confidence and will not be cited without your clear permission.

We encourage all AU students to participate in this vital process!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Coates using the information below:

Dr. Ken Coates
Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation
Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
Room 181 — 101 Diefenbaker Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7N 5B8
1 306 966 5136 (office)
1 306 341 0545 (cell)