The Wanderer-SNAPP Higher Education Public Debates | The Wanderer Online

Following the announcement of the budget cuts to higher education in Alberta, several groups have responded in displaying the value of higher education within the province. On Monday March 11, for instance, The Wanderer released a list of one-hundred outstanding U of A students, showing what it is that undergraduates can attain through a University of Alberta student experience. On Friday March 15, the Coalition for Action on Postsecondary Education (CAPSE), organized a discussion on higher education between several hundred students and faculty, followed by a March to the Legislature event (another event takes place this Thursday). In between these two events, The Wanderer has published several articles related to higher education in Alberta, and will continue to do so in weeks and months to come.

On Wednesday March 20 and Friday March 22, The Wanderer and Student Network for Advocacy and Public Policy (SNAPP) are hosting two public dialogues regarding higher education.

WEDNESDAY PUBLIC DISCUSSION #1

The first discussion, which takes place in Telus 1-50 from 6-8 pm, brings together a panel of education leaders at the University of Alberta, who will discuss the various aims of higher education. In particular, they will share their thoughts on the statement “the main aim of higher education is to produce employable graduates.” The audience members will be encouraged to be active members in the discussion. The individuals confirmed to speak on Wednesday are as follows:

Joseph Doucet, Interim Dean, School of Business

Jonathan Schaeffer, Dean, Faculty of Science

Nisha Patel, Undergraduate, Major in Business, Economics, and Law

Nathalie Kermoal, former Dean, Faculty of Native Studies and professor at Campus Saint-Jean

Moderator and host: Kevin Pinkoski, The Wanderer

You may RSVP here, and we encourage you to do so sooner rather than later, so that we can plan for potential overflow.

FRIDAY PUBLIC DISCUSSION #2

The second discussion takes place in ETLC (E1 003) from 6:30-8pm, this time with a second panel of education leaders from the University of Alberta. Though there will certainly be similarities in topics of discussion from the Wednesday event, panellists will be asked to discuss the statement “it is more worthwhile to invest public funds in applied research than in basic research.” Those confirmed to speak on Friday are as follows:

Heather Kanuka, former Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Rooger Moore, Professor in the Department of Physics

Megan Engel, Masters, Department of Physics

If you have any questions, please contact us at thewandereronline@gmail.com.
illustration: Katrina Regino

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