Meili Releases Post-Secondary Education Policy

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Joined on Friday afternoon by University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) President David D’Eon and USSU VP Operations and Finance Operations and Finance Deena Kapacila, Saskatchewan NDP leadership candidate Ryan Meili released his policy vision for post-secondary education in Saskatchewan:

  • Reversing the recent cuts to Saskatchewan's post-secondary institutions and then partnering with these institutions to develop a new, stable cash flow arrangement that will allow tuition forecasting and prevent blind-sided cuts;
  • Respect for academic autonomy of our educational institutions, including ending the partisan governmental appointment process to university boards of governors;
  • Phase out the $40-million-per-year Graduate Retention Fund and invest that money in reducing tuition from the highest to the lowest in Western Canada;
  • Increasing the number and value of scholarships and bursaries available to post-secondary students at all institutions, with specific attention to increasing enrolment from members of economically disadvantaged and underrepresented groups;
  • Working with post-secondary institutions to create more affordable housing for students, including students with families and young children;
  • Developing a stable cash flow model for the College of Medicine to ensure both accreditation and its socially accountable role in meeting the health needs of the province in clinical service, advocacy, research and education are maintained;
  • Increasing availability of culturally appropriate education and employment training available in Indigenous communities, including reinstating the NORTEP teacher education program and establishing a stronger relationship and permanent agreement with the Gabriel Dumont Institute;
  • Learning from the Indigenization initiative at the University of Saskatchewan and working with it and other Saskatchewan institutions to advance reconciliation efforts on and off campus and increase enrolment of First Nations and Métis students;
  • Reducing the burden of student loan debt by restoring the tuition tax credit, and increasing the forgivable proportion of student loans for graduates who choose to stay in Saskatchewan.

“Meili’s proposal would increase accessibility to post-secondary education, and in doing so keep young people in the province,” said Kapacila, who related Meili’s foresight and willingness to invest in people to the foundational values upon which Saskatchewan was built. “When Saskatchewan people have access to education, it increases our overall ability to be innovative and solve the challenges of tomorrow, today.”

“The moment I started my term as USSU President, Ryan reached out to hear my concerns and ideas,” D’Eon recalled. “We spoke about access to education in the north, the rising costs of post-secondary education, mental health services, and adequate housing for students.

“Ryan's platform presents a vision for us to move beyond adequate towards exceptional, and I’m thrilled to see Ryan talk about a stable funding model that will allow students to successfully plan for their future,” continued D’Eon. “He recognizes the role that education plays in a healthy and thriving province, and has had the courage to push forward a genuinely progressive agenda that challenges the norms of what we expect from our government.”

Meili's policy statement is available on his campaign website: www.ryanmeili.com/post-secondary-education

 

For comment, please contact

Dave Mitchell (for comment from Ryan Meili)

306-999-4328

dave@ryanmeili.com

 

Jason Ventnor(for comment from Deena Kapacila and David D’Eon)

306-966-6960

jventnor@ussu.ca