We support, follow, or have endorsed a number of campaigns from a variety of sources. Check them out below! If you have any questions, please contact the campaigns committee chair at [email protected]
Fairness for International Students
International students look to Canada for an opportunity to access one of the top ranked countries for higher education in the world. Unfortunately, Canada’s excellent reputation is being used by governments and institutions to recruit more and more international students to fill the gaps in funding with inflated and predatory tuition fees.
UNREGULATED, UNPREDICTABLE, UNFAIR
In BC, as in most of Canada, international tuition fees are unregulated and can increase at any time, with no notice. Domestic student tuition fee increases are capped at 2% annually under the BC government’s Tuition Fee Limit Policy. Meanwhile, tuition fees for international students in BC have increased by 64% since 2006.
Due to government underfunding, institutions have come to depend on the revenue they receive from increasing fees for international students. However, unpredictable fees make budgeting impossible, meaning some international students are forced to leave Canada before completing their studies.
IT IS TIME FOR FAIRNESS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
We are calling on the BC government to amend the Tuition Fee Limit Policy to include the regulation of fees for international students. This would create fairness, consistency, and predictability for international student tuition fees.
To learn more about how you can help, contact your local students’ union. For more information on international students in BC, read our research document.
Students Lets Act
CASA (https://www.casa-acae.com/) brings us this campaign focusing on raising awareness for student mental health across Canada
Open Textbooks Now
The high cost of textbooks is creating obstacles for students to be successful in classes. Since 2002, the cost of textbooks has nearly doubled. In fact, 26% of BC students choose to not register for a course due to textbook costs, which negatively impacts their academic career.
An alternative solution is the implementation of Open Education Resources(OER). OERs come in many forms: full courses, lesson plans, videos, exams, and textbooks. These are available in digital formats for free or in print at a very low cost. The implementation of OERs in classes will save students from over-priced textbooks without sacrificing high-quality education.
In the past 5 years, open textbooks have saved students more than $6 million; more funding will result in more materials and save students money one class at a time! All it takes to expand the program is a commitment from instructors and administration to make saving students money a priority.
Join the online provincial conversation on OERs by following #textbookbrokeBC, and posting online your experience with OERs. You can also tweet your textbook receipt using the hashtag #textbookbrokeBC to share how the rising costs of textbooks are affecting you.
Talk to an instructor you think would be interested in adopting open education resources, or point them to your institutions library for information on OERs. You can also contact your students’ union if you’re interested in talking to your instructors, but would like more support getting started.
It’s Time to Eliminate Interest on Student Loans
Eliminate interest in Budget 2019.
Students from all around our province have been asking for the elimination of interest on their student loans for years. We are so close to making that happen.
Charging interest on student loans is an unfair and unjust penalty for those who can’t afford to pay for their education up-front. This has a negative impact on our economy and forces students to delay life milestones like getting married, having a family, or buying a home.
Saving a life is the number one priority during an overdose.
Reconciliation Through Education
Indigenous students face issues with education attainment and participation in post-secondary education across Canada. Indigenous post-secondary attainment is not only an education issue, but has larger consequences for income inequality and patterns of chronic unemployment.
Education Attainment Levels in Canada
In recent years, despite the increasing proportion of Indigenous people with university degrees, the attainment gap with non-Indigenous people has been widening, not shrinking. The proportion of Indigenous people who have a university degree has more than quadrupled compared to 25 years ago, yet the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people has more than doubled over the same period. These disparities show that there is still an issue with attainment and access to post-secondary education for Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Let’s Get Consensual
Let’s Get Consensual is a campaign against the prevalence of rape culture and sexualized violence. The campaign also actively looks to establish consent culture on our campuses and in the greater community.
You can learn more at the campaign Facebook page (facebook.com/getconsent) or on Anti-Violence Page’s website (antiviolenceproject.org)