NS students want more prominent role in PSE decision-making process

November 17, 2014

Some Nova Scotia student organizations say that they are being left out of consultations between the province and its universities. Last month, NS said that it would begin holding consultations with a number of PSE stakeholder groups, including students, as part of a study into how to make PSE institutions financially sustainable and affordable. Students have been involved in several of the 28 consultations that the province has held so far; however, Jonathan Williams, Executive Director of StudentsNS, says that students are not being offered a chance to participate in decision-making meetings. Jacqueline Skiptunis, VP Academic and External Issues with Dalhousie University’s Student Union, echoed Williams’ concerns, saying that the format of the meetings does not lend itself to honest discussion. She said that a private firm is being used to conduct the sessions, and that there is no way for students to know if their concerns are being relayed. NS Minister of Labour and Advanced Education said that students “are going to have input at every step of the way” and that NS meets with students “more than any other government in the country.” Chronicle-Herald