What We Do

The Alberta Students’ Executive Council (ASEC) is a provincial advocacy organization which represents the interests of more than 100,000 students from 15 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.

Advocacy

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. 

Professional Dev
ASEC offers professional development opportunities at our AGM conference. The AGM is the last in-person conference of the academic year, so ASEC offers the student leaders workshops on professional development such as resume writing, interviewing skills, and networking. Lastly, they’re given presentations from former student leaders on life after student leadership. Preparing the ASEC Alumni for their careers is an ongoing priority for the organization, and the ASEC alumni network gets stronger every year because of it!
Networking
ASEC prioritizes connecting student leaders to the government representatives and post-secondary stakeholders from their own communities. This approach gives the student leaders the opportunity to meet colleagues, learn about their own community, and develop connections.

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.

Past wins
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
  The continuation of the Post-Secondary Mental Health Grant
  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
  Creation of the Western Advocacy Coalition
  First time three province conference
  New, non-hierarchical funding model