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Thursday September 19, 2002

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USC revamps policy

By Paolo Zinatelli
Gazette Staff

Education loves being changed and the USC loves changing education.

In the upcoming months, Josh Morgan, VP-education of the University Students' Council, plans to undertake a large consultation process to update and revise the USC's education policy, which has not had been altered since 1999.

"I'm making a commitment to it [because] it provides us a base to lobby from," Morgan said.

He added the new policy will give the USC a firm stance on educational issues, especially when dealing with the government.

The initiative, to be announced at next week's USC meeting, will call on the Student Caucus on Governance, the External Affairs Committee, the Academic Affairs Committee, the Governmental Affairs Committee, the Academic Programming Committee and the USC council as a whole, to provide input on any changes, he said.

The consultation process will include sit-down sessions with the Academic and External Affairs Committees, Morgan said, adding he hopes to have the revisions completed by the end of October.

A first draft of the new policy will be presented to council in early November, Morgan explained.

"The education policy is central to the USC's philosophy on education when talking with key players [like government]," said Chris Sinal, USC president.

"The fundamental beliefs [of the policy] haven't been updated in four years," Sinal said.

The revisions will give the USC a chance to see what students really think, Sinal said, adding it will not be dictated to students from the top down.

"I really do think it's a good initiative that's going on," said Shawn Gibson, chair of the Student Caucus on Governance. The broad range of suggestions will make sure everyone's voice is heard, he said.

Leena Chandran, academic programming commissioner, agreed.

"We're just excited to get it started and get input from all sides," she said. "I'm waiting to see how discussions go [as we] get input from different faculties and groups."

Morgan said a final draft should be presented to council in January, 2003.

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