This past March AUSU council had an election and saw 13 councillors, some new and some old, become elected to be the voice of students. I was one of the new councillors, excited at the prospect of having some kind of influence in shaping the Athabasca University experience for my fellow distance learners.After learning more about the way AUSU works and what the position entails, I ran for vice president finance and administration and was successful.
When you hear the word university what comes to mind?
For many people they think of a bustling campus, packed lecture halls, and students cramming for exams in the library. Like many of you, this by no means describes my experience, but could it? While AU will never become a brick and mortar institution, there are exciting changes coming.Continue Reading
AUSU will be proposing amendments to the Bylaws as well as policy 6.08 Financial Management: Membership Fees at the next two public council meetings.
You can access the revised documents using the links below:
The rationale behind the proposed changes includes the following:
- Various language changes to bring the bylaws up to date with current legislation and processes;
- Term changes for clarity (i.e.: changing executive council to executive committee);
- Adding in language to support the AUSU fee refund philosophy in alignment with the AU refund process; and
- Minor changes to the membership fees policy to ensure alignment with the AUSU bylaws, specifically regarding AUSU fee refunds for withdrawn courses.
To ensure full transparency and to get feedback from our members on these proposed amendments, the following consultation opportunities are available:Continue Reading
If you’re new to Athabasca University or perhaps you’ve just been super busy with your studies, chances are you may be missing out on some really great services or networking opportunities. No worries, I got you.
Tap Into Student Life
If you’re wondering where your fellow students reside and how you can connect with them, there really is an app for that: Athabasca University Students, available on iTunes as well as the Google Play Store. So many resources in one place. The newsfeed alone will keep you current on everything thing from contests and award deadlines, fellow student successes/pain points and even perhaps connecting with others that are taking the same courses or in your field of study.
- Ask a Question
- Study Tips
- Buy & Sell
- Study Buddy
This is a GREAT place to start.
After our Public Council Meeting on August 9th, please join your Council Members and Executives for an AUSU Annual Members Meeting. Students will be given the opportunity to voice their concerns and ask any questions they may have about AUSU, our initiatives, and a portion of this event will be focused on collecting student feedback on your overall learning experience and what that may look like in the future.
Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm MST
Date: Thursday, August 9th
Location: GlobalMeet https://athabasca.pgimeet.com/AUStudentsUnion
If you had the opportunity to improve AU, how would you do it?
Well now is your chance, find out how you can help re-imagine online learning at AU!
For months you have heard us talk about the university’s IMAGINE plan and how over the next few years AU is going to be making some big changes. This is great news for students and now with a 4.9-million-dollar grant from the government momentum is gaining. So, what does this mean for you as a student?
It means that you have an opportunity to help write AU history. How often does a university decide that they are going to make sweeping changes and then turn to students for input. That is the opportunity we have before us. We can participate in the re-imagining of both AU as an institution and learning itself. Thanks to our out of the box thinking administration at AU we are looking past AU as it currently exists and focusing on what would be the most optimal university. Once we have this picture we can then begin to build AU’s future.
The first step in the redesign process is developing a learning framework. So, what does that entail? In the simplest form the framework is going to lay out what learning looks like fifty years from now. It is a very broad topic that is being addressed by numerous AU committees. AUSU has a seat on the steering committee and from hearing from the other committees, they also need student feedback.
The university wants to be able to understand questions like: What student’s expectations of learning are? What skills do we expect to gain from our education? What needs to be considered regarding learning to ensure student success.
With how important this process is AUSU has been working on developing ways to get your input. We want to know what you would like to see happen at AU. So, to do this, we will be launching an engagement campaign very shortly. There will be many ways to get involved including online and in person town halls, meet & greets, online discussions in the AUSU app and forums, or you can always reach out to me. Make sure to keep an eye on our social media platforms and website for more details.
This is an exciting time, and I can’t wait to see our members contribute their input to help us Imagine a better AU experience.
All the best,
Email : president @ausu.org
AUSU Council Approves Fee Increase!
During the May 10th regular public council meeting, following member consultation and a first reading vote during the April 10th public council meeting (in accordance with our bylaws), the AUSU council unanimously supported the following special resolution motion for an AUSU fee increase:
Be it resolved that AUSU council approve a membership fee increase in the amount of $0.75 per credit to take effect on October 1, 2018
A great deal of consideration and research was put into the fee increase. Although AUSU always has and will continue to advocate for the lowest possible fees for post-secondary students at AU, student council is confident that this fee increase will have a healthy impact on the AUSU membership for the foreseeable future.Continue Reading
AUSU Position Policies – What they are and how you can help!
I can’t believe it’s already June! I’ve been in my role as vice president finance and administration here at AUSU now for just over six weeks – and time has flown by! I’ve learned a lot about student governance and university operations in this time, and I’ve been well-trained to pursue the responsibilities this role brings.
What responsibilities, you say? Well, you’re likely aware that I’m assigned the task of overseeing the financial status of our organization and chairing the finance committee, but my other major responsibility falls in the realm of policy – and this is where I wanted to focus the executive blog this month.
Please don’t start snoozing! Policy is actually pretty cool when you break it down. It’s a great way to lay out the operations of an organization concisely. If Continue Reading
Want to earn money and gain experience for a career in leadership?
Want to get more involved with your AU Students’ Union?
Do you have ideas for engaging with other AU students?
Apply to be a voting member of the AUSU Member Engagement & Communications Committee!
The MEC committee is a standing committee formed by AUSU Council to develop a strong connection between AUSU and its members, and ensure that all AUSU communications are representative of AUSU’s goals and guiding principles.
The committee also strives to promote content that provides members with a sense of community, a stronger connection with their fellow students, a better understanding of AUSU, and a well-rounded university experience.Continue Reading
Four Kids, Work, AU… Repeat!
Attending an open, online University may be one of the most life changing decisions you have ever made. Well done (virtual high five)!
In so many ways, attending AU is not like attending traditional brick and mortar style Universities and that’s a great thing! I can think back to my first year of college when I was 19, getting up super early to catch the bus and LRT to my 8 AM Anthropology class. Commuting a total of 3 hours a day between school and my two part-time jobs. I fondly recall the distinct scent of my collegiate fellow whom reliably missed their morning hygiene routines. I remember hauling around what felt to be a 50 lb stack of textbooks, the rigid structure of my day dictated by class schedules and even waking up sick but still having to attend class, feeling crummy and contagious. The workload was so demanding there was little time for anything else; school was an all or nothing proposition.
Fast forward a few years…Continue Reading