OUSA releases new recommendations for student access policy

December 11, 2013

The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) has released an updated policy paper on student access that “offers OUSA a strong platform for continuing [its] advocacy work in this area.” The paper outlines the following additions to its access policy recommendations: strengthen guidance counselling in K-12 to include at least one practitioner qualified to help students determine their best PSE pathway, and to have all students in Grade 9 have a careers-focused meeting with a guidance counsellor; remove course streaming in Ontario high schools, which evidence suggests may be replicating patterns of inequality; and establish strategies for a “system-wide focus on access,” including a centralized agency to help institutions meet enrolment goals, access agreements formed by each institution, collecting more demographic data, and dedicated funding to improve participation rates. OUSA News Release