MRFA Advocacy Goals
APPROVED AT THE JANUARY 2020 REGULAR MEETING
1. Alberta’s PSE funding model ought to provide predictable, stable and sufficient funding, supporting access to affordable, high-quality This includes that:
- at least two thirds of PSE funding must be accomplished through operating grants;
- increases in operating grants are never less than the rate of inflation, with inflationary backfill of the base grant when tuition is frozen, and with “lights on” adjustments accompanying capital projects;
- tuition and fee increases are never greater than the rate of inflation, and that market modifiers are not used to circumvent tuition regulation;
- PSE funding must be decoupled from unstable revenue sources such as royalties;
- a multi-year funding cycle must be implemented; and
- public PSE institutions’ financial planning and reporting mechanisms must be more transparent, with resource allocations are more clearly and demonstrably aligned in support of their core, credit academic functions, and such that stakeholders can clearly trace the links between categories of institutional revenues and categories of expenses by object and function.
2. Protection and enhancement of the quality education at MRU and of PSE in Alberta
- Advocate for the improvement of the ratio of full-time to contract faculty, and oppose the casualization of PSE, through increased funding for more full- time-permanent positions such that the academic work in support of MRU’s core academic function is fulfilled through a well-supported, primarily tenured/tenurable faculty
- Protect the autonomy of PSE institutions and the academic freedom of
- Protect the institutional ratio of student FLE to faculty FTE, decoupled from what should be decentralized, collegial decision-making about specific class size targets which may vary by course for pedagogical
- Maintain small class sizes and the personalized learning environment at
3. Greater awareness about the value of PSE
- Develop messages for faculty, government and the public on PSE as a public good and as a priority that
- Facilitate stronger engagement among and between faculty, government and the
4. Build and strengthen relationships and information sharing with individual faculty associations and their members, and other allies, both provincially and nationally
- Share campaigns and initiatives with existing associations and their
- More actively engage with information sharing sites such as “Friends of PSE” and others.
- Investigate the appetite of fellow faculty associations for the development of a Canadian and/or provincial post-secondary education strategy and/or
- Build internal member capacity for advocacy
5. Support at the local level the national advocacy campaigns and federal lobbying initiatives of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, including but not limited to Academic Freedom, Fair Employment, Get Science Right, Fair Copyright, and
 As measured by proportions of institutional workload undertaken, including by scheduled instructional course hours (SICH) assigned and numbers of registrants taught.