We have listed below a brief overview of some of our recent advocacy initiatives. Make note, this is just a few highlights – AUSU is constantly working on many advocacy initiatives for our members so this list is not exhaustive. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].
Jan 2017 – Thanks to AUSU’s advocacy efforts and a commitment towards student service from AU, the AU Student Academic Appeals Committee revised their regulations to allow students charged with academic misconduct to receive a warning for first time offenses instead of automatic suspension.
Jan 2017 – AUSU continued to advocate to the AU Board of Governors for consideration of individual circumstances for students in the Faculty of Health Discipline who have been adversely affected by the program changes.
Dec 2016 – During the General Faculties Council meeting, AUSU continued to advocate regarding the retroactive changes in the Faculty of Health Disciplines, including asking that the new pre-requisite of a 3.0 GPA for entry into core program courses be reviewed as they contravened prior decisions made by higher governing bodies (APPSC and NEPAB). AUSU also pointed out errors in the AU President’s report regarding their proposed solutions regarding these program changes, including the fact that the letter finally sent to students in the FHD programs did not describe the program changes, was not individualized as reported, and claimed that no exceptions would be made despite AU previously committing to consider exceptions on numerous occasions.
Dec 2016 – AUSU advocated for improved and more consistent communications between AU and the student body during a Board of Governors Institutional Advancement Committee meeting.
Nov 2016 – AUSU executives traveled to Ottawa for CASA Advocacy Week, during which they met with numerous MP’s and Senators to advocate for accessible and affordable post-secondary education in Canada. The federal government subsequently outlined many improvements to the post-secondary system in Canada, which you can read more about online here.
Nov 2016 – AUSU executives met with the new AU President, Dr. Neil Fassina as well as other AU executives and advocated on numerous topics including e-texts and cost-savings for students, accountability and service standards, improved communication with AU students, tuition fees, Nursing program courses and clinical sign-ups, among other topics.
Oct 2016 – The AUSU President attended the AU General Faculty Council and added an agenda item (despite protest from the council chair) to discuss the retroactive program changes in the Faculty of Health Disciplines to ensure that the situation was logged in the public record. She also addressed the council to outline some of the issues that student have faced as a result of these changes, after which AU’s President and VPA both openly committed to reviewing and changing policy and procedure where needed to ensure that retroactive changes are better managed in the future.
Sept 2016 – AUSU President prepared a report to stakeholders regarding the retroactive program changes in the Faculty of Health Disciplines and how the changes have effected students, and circulated this to the FHD Faculty Council members. During the Sept 29, 2016 FHD Faculty Council meeting, they voted to adjust two program changes they recently made – one to move the effective dates of their pre-requisite changes to Sep 1, 2017 (previously put in effect for Sept 1, 2016), and one to change to how GPA is calculated back to align with AU’s own policies on GPA Calculation (instead of the FHD newly implemented “Average Grade Threshold”, which included transfer credits). These changes were made as a direct result of AUSU’s advocacy efforts. Read more about this here.
Sept 2016 – AUSU has continued to aggressively advocate against the retroactive program changes in the Faculty of Health Disciplines, including seeking legal counsel and sending a letter to the AU President outlining why the retroactive program changes exceeds the statutory authority of both the General Faculties Council and the Board of Governors (or their delegates) under the Post-secondary Learning Act, as well as pointed out that the changes were made without justification or a recommendation by CARNA, and were done without considering the impact to students. Read more about this here.
July 2016 – AUSU submitted a series of information requests to AU under the FOIP act to aid in our advocacy efforts against the retroactive Nursing program changes. Read more about this here. AUSU also met with the President and other AU Executives to discuss the retroactive program changes, and were informed that due to AUSU’s advocacy efforts, the Faculty of Health Disciplies is required to take the change in pre-requisite GPA calculation to APPSC before it will be able to be implemented
June 2016 – AUSU submitted a series of letter advocating for a reversal of the retroactive Nursing program changes, which were sent to the Nursing Education Program Approval Board, the AU interim President, Interim Board Chair, Interim VP Academic, Associate VP of Student and Academic Services, Dean of the Faculty of Health Disciplines, the Registrar, and the Ombud’s Office.
June 2016 – AUSU has been continuously receiving individual advocacy cases by members in the Faculty of Health Disciplines, relating to the retroactive program changes. AUSU contacted the University to advocate on many specific cases, and all cases were approved. AUSU also held meetings with the Dean and Faculty members of the Faculty of Health Disciplines, the AU Academic Affairs Committee, the AUS interim VP Academic, the Associate VP of Student and Academic Services, and the AU interim President to raise the concerns of our membership and advocate against the retroactive changes.
Jun 2016 – AUSU met with various AU executives, including the Associate VP of Student and Academic Services and the VP Academic, and raised the concerns our members have over e-texts and why we are advocating for choice and cost savings sharing.
Apr 2016 – AUSU Executives met with the Minister of Advanced Education to advocate for AU funding. Read more about this here.
Feb 2016 – AUSU Executives went to Ottawa for the CASA Advocacy Week to advocate to the government for post-secondary education in Canada and for AU. Read more about this here.
Jan 2016 – AUSU began advocating against the retroactive program changes to the Faculty of Health Disciplines program to the AU Board of Governors. Read more about this here.
Dec 2015 – AUSU launched a survey to all AUSU members to get feedback about AU’s service standards and response times. The results were posted and discussed with various VP’s and Executives at AU. Read more about this here.
Nov 2015 – AUSU attended a CASA conference and took on roles in multiple CASA committees to help AU students have a voice at the national level. Read more about this here.
Oct 2015 – AUSU President advocated for better service standards for AU students at the AU General Faculties Council meeting. Read more about this here.
Sept 2015 – AUSU held meetings with multiple VP’s at AU to advocate for AU students and find out about current AU initiatives. Read more about this here.
Aug 2015 – AUSU became part of CASA, the Canadian Alliance of Students’ Associations, as well as numerous other advocacy efforts. Read more about these here.