Recently, CASA held a conference to determine its policy priorities for the year. AUGSA is pleased that our input has been heard and CASA will be developing or pursuing several policies which are of direct benefit to AU graduate students.
Like most student organizations, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) operates according to the academic year. Recently, CASA held a conference to determine its policy priorities for the year. AUGSA is pleased that our input has been heard and CASA will be developing or pursuing several policies which are of direct benefit to AU graduate students.
Among the policies CASA will be focusing on, and into which AUGSA will have significant input, are increased funding for the tri-council agencies (NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR), improved mental health services for students, and lobbying for open access to scholarly materials.
We are particularly excited about the move to push for open access to scholarly materials. This is an issue that has been important to the AUGSA for some time. We believe that open access to scholarly materials is important not only because it means that information and research data are able to be shared more freely, thus advancing research at a quicker pace, but for pragmatic reasons such as helping to keep post-secondary education affordable. As graduate students, the cost of our education is just as important as our ability to easily access scholarly information for our research. By increasing both the quantity and quality of scholarly materials published under Open Access licenses, the costs of education will remain affordable without sacrificing the quality of education received. CASA will be lobbying for the federal tri-council granting agencies in an effort to ensure that publicly funded research is available to the public.
Through our work with CASA, the AUGSA will be able to advance the open access agenda at the federal level and increase your access to scholarly materials as a graduate student. A similar policy promoting open access is on the books for one of our provincial student groups, the Alberta Students’ Executive Council (ASEC).