Alberta releases revised mandate letters

November 12, 2013

In addition to announcing $50 million in new funding for Alberta’s PSE institutions last week, Advanced Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk also released revised mandate letters that no longer require all 26 colleges and universities to adopt the Campus Alberta branding. The new letters also omit specific economic goals and uphold the uniqueness of individual institutions. “We want to preserve [the institutions’] independence while helping find ways to share resources in ways that make sense for everyone,” said Lukaszuk. In future, institutions that wish to develop new programming must first look for ways to collaborate with a Campus Alberta partner. The mandate letters will be reviewed annually. Earlier this year, Alberta’s provincial auditor determined there was a lack of clarity regarding Campus Alberta’s mandate and plans for collaboration. Edmonton Journal