What We Do
The Alberta Students’ Executive Council (ASEC) is a provincial advocacy organization which represents the interests of more than 110,000 students from 17 post-secondary institutions across Alberta. We are a place where students learn, lead, and work together to create innovative solutions for Alberta’s post-secondary sector.
ASEC works with student leaders and post-secondary stakeholders to create solutions for the issues students face everyday, and we bring these solutions directly to the policymakers and legislators in Alberta.
ASEC advocacy is evidence and experience based. At the goalsetting conference, student leaders create a comprehensive list of their concerns from personal experience- from the rising cost of textbooks and transportation issues to mental health supports, nothing is left off the list. From there, the student leaders decide which concerns will become the next year’s advocacy priorities. The priorities are then researched by the staff team, who will use the results of the research to develop policy recommendation for the government, the respective institutions, or other stakeholders. The resulting policy recommendations are approved by the Board of Directors.
Our approach is to develop practical, solutions-based policy recommendations that serve all of Alberta’s students, that present a benefit to the province, and appeal to the stakeholders we approach.
Practically, ASEC staff and board members meet with members of the post-secondary community and government representative on a regular basis. This allows for the maintenance of ongoing, working relationships so that once a year, ASEC delegates build on these relationships and represent the advocacy priorities in-person at the Advocacy Week conference.
Additionally, ASEC has the advantage of four in-person conferences a year, which connect students from across Alberta. ASEC student leaders have built these relationships over the year or two they are engaged as leaders, and they can continue to do so through the ASEC alumni network in a way that supports future leaders.
Over the past year, ASEC has made great strides in advocating for Alberta’s students. We can proudly support the following important achievements:
ASEC supports funding for Women Building Futures
ASEC supports the high school-trades scholarship
$22 million in mental health funding
ASEC was featured in Macleans Magazine
Announcement of the transparent, metric-based institutional funding model
Addition of training opportunities in all ASEC conferences
Pan-Alberta student initiative on budget concerns
Partnership with volunteer Alberta on SCiP
New, non-hierarchical funding model