AU required to expand in-person operations in Athabasca, president defends virtual campus

April 14, 2022
Government of Alberta Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides has recently announced that Athabasca University will be required to expand its in-person operations in Athabasca. AU has been transitioning to “near-virtual” operations since spring 2020, and AU President Peter Scott reportedly said in an email that the move to an “online virtual campus” with “a near-virtual workforce” would continue. CBC reports that a grassroots group had lobbied the government to keep the university operating in Athabasca as the loss of jobs would impact the town. CBC (AB)