FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TORONTO, Sept 7th, 2022 - The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA), in collaboration with the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) and student unions across Ontario, has released the 2022 Educated Solutions report. This edition of Educated Solutions Volume 16 focuses on the future of post-secondary education in Ontario, and examines the various areas that governments, stakeholders, and institutions must consider as they develop their strategic visions for the sector.
“Two intense years of pandemic impacts have brought to light many longstanding issues within the post-secondary education sector, from student financial aid and healthcare to campus sexual violence and accessibility concerns,” said Mackenzy Metcalfe, Executive Director of CASA. “Educated Solutions provides invaluable insights into the future of post-secondary education, and where we can best advocate to improve the lives of students.”
Over the past two years, the impacts of COVID-19 have sparked intense conversation over how post-secondary can modify its policies and practices to generate a more accessible, affordable, high quality, and innovative education system. As these challenges continue, it is essential that the post-secondary sector is able to effectively address the many barriers that students face both during, and after, their studies. These policy and practice considerations were carefully factored into the various topics featured in Educated Solutions, including student financial aid, mental health, campus sexual violence prevention, and more.
“Given the interconnected nature of federal and provincial realities, especially surrounding student financial aid, it’s important that the post-secondary sector is able to adapt to the needs and concerns of students,” said Trevor Potts, Policy and Research Analyst at CASA and co-author of Educated Solutions Volume 16. “As we begin a new school year, it’s essential that post-secondary students have the accessible and affordable environment they need to succeed both in their studies and upon graduation.”
Each year, Educated Solutions gives post-secondary stakeholders across Ontario an opportunity to provide their thoughts, opinions, and insights on issues impacting Ontario’s post-secondary education system. CASA hopes that the diverse perspectives in the 2022 edition will offer an understanding into how all post-secondary sector leaders and partners, both provincial and federal, can work together to shape the future of post-secondary to be more affordable, accessible, high quality, and innovative.
Established in 1995, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit national student organization composed of 22 student associations across the country.. Through our partnership with the Quebec Student Union/Union étudiante du Québec (UEQ), CASA represents 365,000 post-secondary students across Canada. CASA advocates for a Canadian post-secondary education system that is accessible, affordable, innovative, and of the highest quality. For over 25 years, CASA has done so successfully through policy and research development, awareness campaigns, government relations efforts, and partnerships with other stakeholders in the education sector. Part of this work is ensuring that conversations surrounding post-secondary education are undertaken with the most up-to-date information and with direct feedback from students and other leading advocacy stakeholders across the country.
Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
Irum Chorghay, Communications & Operations Coordinator
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Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
Mackenzy Metcalfe, Executive Director
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CASA recognizes the unprecedented level of spending on post-secondary students by the federal government including the doubling of all Canada Student Grants and the establishment of the Canadian Emergency Student Benefit. We will continue to advocate for continued support for students during our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shared Perspectives: Supporting Students During and After COVID-19 includes contributions from: Alliance of BC Students, College Student Alliance, Council of Alberta University Students, Manitoba Alliance of Post-Secondary Students, New Brunswick Student Alliance, Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, Students Nova Scotia, University of Prince Edward Island Student Union and Quebec Student Union.