Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs

by on Oct 19th, 2020

The Government of Alberta has created a specific student survey for the Alberta 2030 review, and we want to make sure that MacEwan students give their input! For a direct link to the survey, click here. 

After hearing about the Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs system review back in spring 2020, SAMU met with our provincial advocacy group, the Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS), to discuss our plans for active consultation. We took what we heard in our discussions with CAUS members, interpreted many of those thoughts and insights through a SAMU lens, and have generated a document that outlines our recommendations, backed up by rigorous research. The Alberta 2030 SAMU Recommendations document is written from a student-focused perspective and raises issues that need to be taken into account in order for this review to benefit the students at the heart of the Albertan post-secondary system. 

To address two of the main aspects of the system review, SAMU’s submission discusses “Learner Accessibility & Affordability” and “Job-Ready Graduates.” For some context, Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs specifies the following as priorities: 

  1. Develop highly-skilled and globally competitive graduates;  
  2. Create a more efficient post-secondary system, by bringing costs down and removing duplication;  
  3. Strengthen post-secondary participation and accommodate growing enrolment demands;  
  4. Strengthen the commercialization of research;  
  5. Explore the most effective governance model to achieve these aims; and,  
  6. Strengthen the role of post-secondary institutions in the development of a higher performing innovation ecosystem  

More background information can be found on the Government of Alberta’s website