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Message from the SAMU President
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.
Hi MacEwan students – I’m Sean Waddingham, SAMU President, and I’d like to share a little bit about the important post-secondary education initiative that has been taking up so much of my time and attention so far this year. It’s a massive project that could have big implications for students in this province. I’m hoping you can take a minute to read up on what this review is, and continue on to the government’s student survey (linked above) to give your thoughts on it for the ministry’s consideration.
This fall, the Ministry of Advanced Education launched Alberta 2030: Transforming Post-Secondary Education. This initiative will result in a strategy, outcomes framework, and roadmap to set a new vision and direction for Alberta’s post-secondary system. Because of the importance of this endeavour and the impact it will have on students, SAMU is engaging in active consultation on the matter; we have written an official Alberta 2030 submission which has been delivered to the ministry, and is available on our website. 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.
For some context, Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs specifies the following as priorities:
- Develop highly-skilled and globally competitive graduates;
- Create a more efficient post-secondary system, by bringing costs down and removing duplication;
- Strengthen post-secondary participation and accommodate growing enrolment demands;
- Strengthen the commercialization of research;
- Explore the most effective governance model to achieve these aims; and,
- 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.
Out of these priorities, our submission focuses on two main areas: “Learner Accessibility & Affordability” and “Job-Ready Graduates.” Whether you read our submission and agree with the recommendations put forward in it or not, we are strongly encouraging students to have their voices heard in this process. This can be done by way of filling out the online survey linked at the top of this column. In the meantime, myself and SAMU VP External Ruan Bouwer, as well as our Board of Governors Student Representative Myles Dykes, will continue to advocate tenaciously for student interests to be considered at every step of this process.
Thanks for paying attention to this important issue, and I wish you good luck on your studies for the remainder of the fall term!