Students' Union Advocacy
There are many ways to Take Action and get your voice heard about an issue that is important to you.
Write to the Minister
You can write a letter to the Minister of Advanced Education, or phone or email. Written correspondence is best:
Minister of Advanced Education
10800 - 97 Avenue
Canada T5K 2B6
It's not a bad idea to CC your MLA so they know you want change to educational policy.
Write a Letter to the Editor
Read a story that has you thinking? You can write a letter to the editor to let the public know your thoughts. Government officials read these letters with great interest.
Got a beef with your University? Are your classes not up to the quality you expect? Let the Students' Union and the University Administration know.
Word of Mouth
Let your family, friends and neighbours know how education policy needs to change. Encourage them to express their feelings to the government and the public. Person by person, we can change government policy.
Submit a Freedom of Information Request
You have the right to access many internal government and University documents and communications by submitting a FOIP request. The standard fee is $25. If your request is especially broad, you may need to pay additional fees if you want to receive the documents you requested.
|Our FOIP requests||Outcome|
|Whether the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences had conducted student consultations that 'overwhelmingly supported' eliminating reading week. (Nov 2018)||Faculty confirmed full consultation had not taken place as claimed; GFC Exec Committee rescinded earlier approval to allow further consultation after student letter campaign; reading week saved for some students; FOIP withdrawn.|
|Request for a 60-page consultant's report on HUB Mall security. (April 2019)||Report withheld as it was considered a draft; admin offered to let UASU read it privately.|
|Whether any stakeholders supported the Ministry of Advanced Education's surprise decision to remove the MNIF cap via Order in Council. (Dec 2019)||First response. First request would have produced 'thousands of pages' of documents. Second response with amended wording suggested by Ministry. Third response indicating no documents matched the request.|
|Dates of all meetings and calls between the Minister of Advanced Education and post-secondary student leaders since April 30, 2019. (Feb 2020)||Response package (24 pages)|
|Dates of all meetings and calls between the Minister of Advanced Education and Presidents/Vice Presidents of universities and colleges since April 30, 2019. (Feb 2020)||Response package (43 pages, available as a condensed spreadsheet by request)|
|Full text of all Budget 2020 consultation survey responses (Ministry of Treasury Board and Finance) that mention terms related to post-secondary education. (Feb 2020)||Government identified over 3,000 pages of responsive documents. UASU agreed to accept partial release. Response package (1,000 pages)|
|Per-institution Campus Alberta Grant adjustments. (March 2020)||Request denied (letter, redacted document)|
|Students’ complaints and appeals on accessibility grounds related to online proctoring and other obstacles of remote learning. (Jan 2021)||Response package (2 pages)|
|Communications between the Provost and Deans regarding extraordinary tuition increases. (May 2021)||Administration levied a $1900 fee. UASU requested a waiver on public interest grounds. Information and Privacy Office granted the fee waiver. Documents forthcoming.|
|Communications between the Provost, Deans of Engineering and Law, and student leaders of Faculty Associations regarding extraordinary tuition increases (i.e. how well or poorly, early or late, the faculties informed FAs). (May 2021)||Response letter, document package (10 pages)|
|Extraordinary tuition increase documents provided to Faculty Councils in Law, Engineering, Medicine and Dentistry, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Business. (May 2021)||Administration levied a $297 fee. UASU narrowed the request scope to Law and Engineering, which produced zero responsive records (i.e. these Faculty Councils received no communications or documents on extraordinary tuition increases between Jan 1 and May 13, 2021, covering the entire proposal development and consultation process).|
|Various details about how McKinsey was selected to run the Alberta 2030 process, internal Advanced Education decision-making processes, and competing proposals. (June 2021)||Response letter. Document package (1 page, additional 139 pages completely redacted). Appeal filed with OIPC.|
|Advanced Education communications regarding exceptional tuition increase proposals. (June 2021)||Response letter, document package (87 pages)|
|Re-release of successful FOIP request by journalist Janet French re: Advanced Education base grant cuts. (July 2021)||Document package (1 page)|
Get Involved with the Students' Union
You can volunteer for the Students' Union and help make events happen, spread the word and make your voice heard.
Contact the VP External at email@example.com.
Students' Union Executive and Administrative Offices
Students' Union Building
University of Alberta
8900 - 114 Street NW