The Athabasca University Students’ Union (AUSU) is an independent, student-run society representing the undergraduate students of Athabasca University. We serve over 35,000 members annually in home-study locations across Canada and internationally. In any given month, our membership is about 26,000 active students.
Due to the widespread nature of our membership, AUSU operates as a virtual organization run by staff located in Edmonton, and directed by an elected board of up to thirteen active undergraduate students. Our mandate is to provide advocacy, support, and student services to our membership, and to foster the support, promotion, and excellence of distance education at AU and globally.
One of AUSU’s key goals is to ensure that our members receive a quality education that is respected and transferable to institutions within Canada and abroad. We also continue to monitor distance education options available within Canada to ensure that AU remains competitive in its use of educational technologies, course and program offerings, and student service options.
AUSU members are Athabasca University undergraduate students. With each registration in a course for credit you pay $3 per credit toward students’ union membership (Please note that as of October 1, 2018 the fee will be increasing to $3.75). Your membership begins on the start date of your course and continues until your course completion date (the contract date, or the date on which your final grades are posted, whichever is sooner). If you purchase a course extension, AUSU extends your membership for free. You need only be in one course to have full membership, though most of our awards have a minimum credit completion requirement.
During your membership you may access all AUSU services, including our discussion forums, lynda.com, personalized student advocacy, and financial awards. You will also receive AUSU newsletters and other print media. In addition, an AUSU member in good standing may:
- attend regular AUSU council meetings for free via teleconference (watch the AUSU website or Facebook page for meeting dates and details);
- attend and vote at any general meeting; and
- run in the AUSU general election for a position on council.
Graduate students at Athabasca University are represented by the AU Graduate Students’ Association (AUGSA). We welcome inquiries from grads and value collaboration with the GSA: www.augsa.com.