The Graduate Students’ Association at the University of Alberta (GSA), after careful consideration of materials presented by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, Athletics, and Recreation Services, and thorough consultation with graduate students at the University of Alberta, supports the proposed increase to the Athletics and Recreation Fee. Although many members of the graduate community have expressed opposition to the proposed increase to the Athletics and Recreation Fee, the GSA Board supports the increase because we believe that athletics and recreation are integral to a robust university community. As well, the GSA Board feels that the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation has shown a need for the increase through extensive consultation with students. We thank and commend the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, along with the Athletics and Recreation Fee Advisory Committee, for their transparent, extensive, and collegial consultation process on this issue.
A longer document outlining the GSA's consultation process and the results of that consultation can be found here: Graduate Student Feedback on proposed ARF Increase (GSA - 27 Feb 2014)
Dear Graduate Students,
Voting closed at 3:00 PM (MST) today March 06, 2014
As GSA Chief Returning Officer, I am announcing the official results of the 2014 GSA General Election. GSA Policy states “upon completion of the ballot count, the CRO shall announce the official results as soon as possible” (GSA Policy Manual, Elections, 11.1).
If you are interested in the round-by-round breakdown of voting, please log into the elections software at: https://gsavote.webapps.ualberta.ca/LogOn using your CCID and password, and select the Archive tab.
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The federal government’s newly announced international education strategy is a promising development. If pursued in close collaboration with provincial governments and post-secondary institutions, as part of a broader higher education reform effort, it may help resolve the so-called skills gap: the perceived disparity between the needs of employers and the education and capabilities of the workforce. However, the unity and resources necessary to bring the plan to fruition are anything but guaranteed.
For the complete article visit: http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Opinion+More+services+needed+attract+foreign+students/9514986/story.html
Building on GSA participation in national conferences on post-secondary education reform and close monitoring of media representations of this debate, the GSA continues to advance the discussion in media across Canada. More to come - http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/index.html