FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ALBERTA POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS CALL ON
GOVERNMENT TO IMPROVE "OUR FUTURES, OUR FORTUNES"
February 11, 2010 - Edmonton, AB - Students at Grant MacEwan University and seven
other Alberta colleges, universities and technical institutes will hold a province-wide day
of action to call on the government to re-prioritize post-secondary education. The "Our
Futures, Our Fortunes" campaign, organized through the Alberta Students’ Executive
Council [ASEC], calls on the government to increase support for post-secondary
“With this budget, the government had an excellent opportunity to address the realities
of increased demand, higher student debt loads, and more competition for student
spaces. We are disappointed in the lack of strategic vision in this government’s
investments in post-secondary education. Many of the worst impacts won’t be felt until
years later,” says Robert Jones, ASEC Chair.
The “Our Futures, Our Fortunes” campaign invites students handwrite messages to the
Alberta government, contributing their thoughts on what steps need to be taken to
improve the future and fortunes of Alberta post-secondary students. Selected messages
from each participating campus will be baked inside giant fortune cookies and delivered
to Minister of Advanced Education, Doug Horner.
The cuts in the 2010 provincial budget, coupled with looming tuition and mandatory fee
increases leaves students deeply concerned about the quality, accessibility, and
affordability of their education.
"Students at MacEwan are concerned that the quality of their education will decline
unless the government changes course,” says Kerri Hartman, Vice-President of
Campus Life at the Students’ Association at Grant MacEwan University. Markoshi
Baladad, Vice-President Academic at the Students’ Association of Bow Valley College
adds, "Bow Valley College has seen dramatic increases in enrollment. It will be
impossible to keep pace with demand for student services with these cuts."