MRFA Advocacy Goals

  1. Alberta’s Post-secondary education (PSE) funding model ought to provide predictable, stable and sufficient funding, supporting access to affordable, high-quality education. This includes that:
    1. the majority of PSE funding must be accomplished through operating grants;
    2. increases in operating grants are never less than the rate of inflation, with supplementation when tuition is frozen, and with “lights on” adjustments accompanying capital projects;
    3. tuition and fee increases are never greater than the rate of inflation, and that market modifiers are not used to circumvent tuition regulation;
    4. PSE funding must be decoupled from unstable revenue sources such as royalties;
    5. a multi-year funding cycle must be implemented.
  1. Protection and enhancement of the quality of PSE in Alberta
    1. Advocate for the improvement of the ratio of full-time to contract faculty, and oppose the casualization of PSE.
    2. Protect the autonomy of PSE institutions and the academic freedom of faculty.
    3. Maintain small class sizes at MRU.
  1. Greater awareness about the value of PSE
    1. Develop messages for faculty, government and the public on PSE as a priority that matters.
    2. Facilitate stronger engagement among and between faculty, government and the public.
  1. Establish and maintain a database of information relevant to advocacy. This may include, but is no limited to:
    1. the relative proportions of compensation of faculty/staff/administration at MRU and other institutions;
    2. a comparison of funding received by other PSE institutions;
    3. a comparison of tuition rates at other PSE institutions;
    4. trends in changes to the above over time.
  1. Build and strengthen relationships and information sharing with individual faculty associations and their members, both provincially and nationally
    1. Share campaigns and initiatives with existing associations and their networks.
    2. More actively engage with information sharing sites such as “Friends of PSE” and others.
    3. Investigate the appetite of fellow faculty associations for the development of a Canadian post-secondary education strategy and/or campaign.