What advocacy efforts is AUSU involved with?
You can review some of our most recent advocacy efforts online here.
In addition, AUSU has official positions on a variety of advocacy topics, including tuition and fees, technology and infrastructure, government funding, external relations, course and program developments and maintenance, career services, e-text choice, improved services at AU, and more. You can review our position policies online here (policy section 9).
AUSU councillors sit on over 20 boards and committees at Athabasca University, where they actively advocate on your behalf. These committees include (but ar not limited to):
- AU Board of Governors
- General Faculties Council
- Student Awards Committee
- Student Academic Appeals Committee
- Digital Governance Committee
- Faculty Councils for each AU Faculty
- Student Advisory Committees
- Various AU VP search committees and working groups as required
AUSU regularly meets with AU Dean’s, various VP’s, and the President to discuss matters of importance to AU students. In addition, AUSU advocates to the provincial and national governments for increased educational funding, equitable student loans programs, scholarships and bursaries, mental health support, and other topics important to students.
AUSU is also a member of the Canadian Alliance of Students Associations (CASA), which helps AU student have a voice at the national level. AUSU executives travel for numerous CASA conferences annually, as well as participate in CASA annual Advocacy Week on Parliament Hill where student leaders gather to advocate to various MP’s and senators for accessible and affordable post-secondary education in Canada.
For more information, visit our advocacy page here.