Canadian Fed Watch!

The Canada We Want – The Undergraduates We Don’t Every new session of parliament begins with a Speech from the Throne that our government uses to make a set of promises about what they hope to do while in office. In this session’s speech, titled The Canada We Want, we see that the government has… Read more »

DEAR SANDRA – The Advice Column

Dear Sandra, I have a major problem with motivation. I let things slide – particularly course work, and then have to cram it all in at the last moment. I’m paying through the teeth on extensions and I’m still not getting things done. I mean to try, but distance education seems so easy to put… Read more »

From My Perspective – Students & Health

I recently read a back-to-school article somewhere that stated that university students tend to gain weight shortly after entering post-secondary education. The “Freshman 15″ has been reported on by a variety of news articles and research sources, and it is common knowledge that around 75% of students (particularly females, lucky us!) gain an average of… Read more »

Fed Watch!

Double Cohort in Ontario – More than Expected? The Ontario government is re-iterating how their plan will ensure that the universities of Ontario are ready for the double cohort (see: For those not aware, this school year Ontario switches from a secondary school system that goes to grade 13 to one that only goes… Read more »

Dear Sandra: The Advice Column

Dear Sandra, I’ve just started my first course at Athabasca University. It’s hard, but I’m really enjoying it. I’d like to take more courses, but money is a big problem. Are there any suggestions you can give me? Happy but Poor Dear Happy but Poor; Have you ever seen a well-off university student? The majority… Read more »

From my Perspective

“Let’s go surfin’ now Everybody’s learning how Come on and safari with me” (Surfin’ Safari, The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson/Mike Love) “If everybody had an ocean Across the U.S.A. Then everybody’d be surfin’ Like Californi-a …We’ll all be gone for the summer We’re on surfari to stay Tell the teacher we’re surfing…surfing U.S.A. …everybody’s gone… Read more »

Fed Watch!

Running the University Numbers Statistics Canada has released a report on University Finances for 2000/2001 (see: Unsurprisingly, they list that the total percentage of university revenue from government sources has declined while the percentage paid by the students has risen “substantially from a decade earlier”. Government contributions rose less than 3% over 2000/01, making this… Read more »


Dear Sandra; I’ve had it! I’m on my third extension and I’m running out of time. Now I know why students are tempted to copy assignments from others. I’m having such a hard time with this course project; I just don’t know what to do. I went to a website that sells essays, and I’m… Read more »

From My Perspective

For most Athabasca University students, finding adequate study time is a challenge. We have so many other activities and responsibilities that demand our attention. Prioritizing is often the key to managing to put these other activities to the side and focus on schoolwork. When I first started university it did not seem as difficult to… Read more »

Fed Watch!

Saskatchewan Boosting Librarians The Saskatchewan Government has announced a bursary of $5,000 for students taking their Masters of Library Science (SEE: Saskatchewan has looked ahead a few years and seen that a large number of their librarians will be retiring. The increasing importance of information and being able to access the right information quickly… Read more »