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Governance Changes Bring AU in Line with Other Alberta Universities

The AUGSA is pleased to report that the Athabasca University Regulation has been amended to replace the Athabasca University Governing Council with a Board of Governors and the Athabasca University Academic Council with a General Faculties Council.


The AUGSA is pleased to report that the Athabasca University Regulation has been amended to replace the Athabasca University Governing Council with a Board of Governors and the Athabasca University Academic Council with a General Faculties Council.

Edmonton, AB (AUGSA.com) August 05, 2011 – Barry Walker, Chair of the Athabasca University Governing Council, announced today that Athabasca University’s regulation under the Post-Secondary Learning Act has been amended. The regulation amendment will come into force on October 01, 2011, bringing with it two major changes to the structure of AU’s governance.

The Athabasca University Governing Council (AUGC), the university’s highest governing body, will become a board known as the Governors of Athabasca University. The replacement of the AUGC by a board of governors brings AU’s governance structure in line with Alberta’s three other comprehensive research universities.

The second major change is that the Athabasca University Academic Council (AUAC) will be replaced by the Athabasca University General Faculties Council.

The Athabasca University Graduate Students’ Association (AUGSA) will continue to have a seat on both of these new legal entities. The AUGSA President will continue to sit on the Board of Governors of Athabasca University and the AUGSA Vice-President (Academic) will sit on the General Faculties Council.

The AUGSA is pleased to see that the Ministry of Advanced Education and Technology has made these amendments and brought AU’s governance in line with that of other universities in the province. We look forward to our continued participation in the governance of Athabasca University, and hope that the new structure will allow us to achieve our goal of having an alternate seat on the Board of Governors to allow graduate students to have a stronger voice at AU.