The Faculty Association continues to work with other organizations in drawing attention to the cuts made to Post-Secondary education and the impact this will have on Alberta. In particular, we are working with our colleagues in the Calgary area who are associated with Public Interest Alberta. Below, you will find updates on these efforts and a number of ways in which you can participate directly.
- Upcoming Drive-by Protest
Faculty Association members, including President, David Stewart, will be participating in a drive-by protest on March 27 to show support for post-secondary education in Alberta.
This will be similar to the January 30 protest and will involve a drive-around of the McDougall Centre downtown.
- The drive by protest will happen on Saturday, March 27 at the McDougall Centre from 4:30-5:30 pm
- Participants will meet at the North Hill Shopping Centre at the Sears parking lot near the Boston Pizza at 4:00 pm
- Participants are asked to sign up for the drive by so we can assess participation numbers ahead of time. You can find the sign up form on this Google Form.
- AASUA Petition: Protect Alberta Education
The Faculty Association at the University of Alberta is requesting support for an online petition and also looking for help for a more general campaign. Please visit protectourfuture.ca for more information and to participate.
- Stop PSE Cuts Drive-by Protest
On January 30, 2021, the Faculty Association of the University of Calgary joined other supporters of post-secondary education in Alberta in voicing our support for stable funding of post-secondary education and expressing our concern about the province’s future.
We hope that the Government of Alberta will make clear its commitment to ensuring that Albertans have access to world-class institutions and scholars and that the working environment in universities provides the researchers and teachers with the respect and support that these dedicated professionals deserve. The proposed and actual cuts to post-secondary education funding carry the real and present danger that Alberta’s universities in the future will be diminished versions of what they are today. Universities and university education are critical to Alberta’s economic and social future and government funding must reflect this reality. The funding of post-secondary education must be seen as an investment in the future of the Province.
The Faculty Association of the University of Calgary believes that sustainable public funding for Alberta’s post-secondary education is essential to the health of our institutions and the overall health of our province and its economy. We believe that Alberta’s post-secondary institutions have a central role to play in diversifying our workforce and building the kind of economy that will enable Alberta to move forward in these trying times. However, our post-secondary institutions need appropriate, sustainable funding to achieve this. Investment in Alberta’s post-secondary education is a choice that the Government of Alberta must make in order to secure a prosperous future for Albertans.
In these times of economic uncertainty, Albertans need to have opportunities to transition by learning new skills. But just when they need post-secondary opportunities the most, they are faced with higher tuition rates and have realistic fears about the quality of their education. We believe that student learning outcomes are intrinsically tied to the working conditions and well-being of the instructors and support staff. Hiring freezes, lay-offs, and operational budget cuts come with increased workload and stress for the remaining staff. Meanwhile, with increased financial pressures and uncertainty, institutions often increase reliance on contract academic staff who have little in the way of job security or benefits and often earn less for instructing a course than the students who aid them.
Now is the time for Albertans to work together to urge our Government to invest in our post-secondary education system of today for the prosperity of Alberta into the future.