Red Deer College
Have a Voice in RDC's University Journey
Do you remember March 1, when Premier Rachel Notley announced that Red Deer College has been given approval to begin the journey to become a university? The energy was electric.
We are preparing now for the next big moment in our journey to become a university. We need a new name and brand identity that captures the greatness of our history as a college and our shift to become an even more extensive comprehensive learning centre as a university.
We invite you to attend one of our engaging research sessions in November. Register to attend a session by visiting: rdc.ab.ca/communitysession
We hope you will agree to participate. We are sure you will find the project interesting and we are confident we would benefit from your involvement.
We also encourage you to share this invitation with family, friends and colleagues. As a token of appreciation for your time, light refreshments will be served, and you will be entered to win fantastic door prizes (ticket packages to the 2019 Canada Winter Games).
Should you have any further questions, please contact Tammy Schick at (403) 356-4953 or.
Notice of Annual General Meeting 2018
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 27th at 11:00 a.m. at the Far Side Bar & Grill. All students are welcome to attend. Agenda items include:
- Executive Reports
- Bylaw Amendments
- Release of the 2017-2018 Annual Report
Please see the attached PDFs for the proposed Bylaw Amendments.
Student Advocacy Efforts Deliver Big Wins for Alberta Students
On Monday, October 29th, Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt announced that the tuition freeze, which was initially implemented in 2015, will be extended into the 2019-2020 Academic Year. Additionally, he introduced Bill 19: An Act to Improve the Affordability and Accessibility of Post-Secondary Education in the Legislative Assembly. If passed, Bill 19 will implement a new framework for tuition and mandatory non-instructional fee regulation and provide Alberta students enrolled in post-secondary institutions greater influence in how their education is administered. The Bill will cap tuition fee increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and offer international students a guaranteed tuition price at the time of admission.
In addition to the above, Bill 19 will allow for a second student member on the Red Deer College Board of Governors, effective February 1st, 2019.
The Students’ Association of Red Deer College (SARDC) is very pleased that the Government of Alberta has released the new tuition policy and that it is being solidified in legislation. Alberta Students’ Executive Council (ASEC), the provincial advocacy group to which SARDC belongs, has been advocating for a new policy that would incorporate a fifteen-year rolling average of CPI and has been heavily involved in consultation over the last few years.
This new framework increases access, stability, predictability, and keeps higher education reasonably affordable. If these changes are adopted, Alberta students will have an increased ability to plan for their futures in the post-secondary system. The added predictability that a tuition cap offers will allow students to budget effectively and provide security as they will know that their tuition will not dramatically spike midway through their program. This helps to eliminate financial anxiety, which can be a deterrent for students considering or working towards a certificate, diploma, and/or degree. This, in turn, leads to accessibility. Students and prospective students will now have access to affordable programs, which can lead to fulfilling careers, economic stability, social mobility, and overall wellness. Considering students are the largest stakeholders within post-secondary institutions, having a second member on the Board of Governors allows for increased student perspective at the highest levels of institutional governance. The announcements made on October 29th show that Government has been listening to Alberta students. The Minister’s response to student needs and willingness to work with us is incredibly encouraging as we continue to advocate in the best interest of our students.
Students' Association President Responds to Campus Cannabis Policy
The Students’ Association received word of Red Deer College’s decision to keep its campus a cannabis-free institution on Tuesday, October 9th. Although the Students’ Association was consulted, the students do not have ultimate say in College Policy. Based on a survey conducted by the Students’ Association in March 2018 (with 1,156 participating students), 64% of respondents were in favour of designated consumption sites on campus while 36% were either indifferent or opposed. In light of those numbers, we hope the College and the City of Red Deer will reconsider their stance on public consumption. In the meantime, we encourage students to educate themselves on campus policy and healthy and responsible cannabis use. Through the office of our Vice President Community & Wellness, the Students’ Association will be co-hosting an awareness campaign on October 17th on Main Campus with the Counselling and Career Centre.
Further to the cannabis issue, the Students’ Association encourages the Institution to invest in long-term educational resources, addictions and mental health counselling, and a long-term strategic plan to address the existing and growing problems related to substance abuse on our campus.
- President Chaise Combs
Vice President Operations Steps Down
On October 3rd, 2018, Vice President Operations Adam Shendaruk submitted a letter of resignation citing personal reasons for his departure. The Association respects Adam’s decision and his privacy. As per Association bylaws, timing does not allow for a By-election. To ensure continuity, President Chaise Combs, Vice President Academic Esther Schilling, and Vice President Community & Wellness Brittany Lausen are currently working on a plan for the division of duties, which they will present to Council in the coming days. We would like to thank Adam for his contributions and time spent serving the students of Red Deer College. We wish him well.
RDC suspends Music Diploma program
The Students’ Association received notification yesterday, May 10, that RDC has suspended intake into the Music Diploma program. This will likely lead to the end of the diploma. We are disappointed elected student representatives were among the last to receive this news.
We are saddened by the suspension of the program and are determined to support students impacted by the decision. As per College Policy, program offerings will continue for two years to allow students to complete their diplomas. We will work with students currently enrolled in the program to ensure that they have access to the necessary resources and information.
The Students’ Association is committed to representing students as the College undergoes its transition to university status. Students with concerns or questions, please contact Students’ Association President Chaise Combs via email at ; in person in room 2010 or by phone at 403-342-3200
To see Red Deer College's statement, please click
2018-2019 Executive team
and Student Council take office
The 2018-2019 Executive Council — Chaise Combs, President; Esther Schilling, Vice President Academic; Adam Shendaruk, Vice President Operations and Brittany Lausen, Vice President Community & Wellness — are in office and ready to advocate and represent the students at Red Deer College.
The 2018-2019 Councilors — Aurora Davis, Justine Ecker, Jordan Forget, Kendra Gagne, Ian Miller, Erik Mohns, Tiffany Tunke — are ready to govern on behalf of students.
The remaining vacancies on Council will be filled through the by-election in Fall.
2019 Canada Winter Games and RDC
From February 15 until March 3, 2019, Red Deer and Central Alberta will welcome the nation for the 2019 Canada Winter Games. The 2019 Games will be the largest event ever hosted in Red Deer and central Alberta and one of the largest events to be hosted in Alberta since the 1988 Calgary Olympics.
Red Deer College is pleased to partner with the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society, The City of Red Deer and other organizations to host this national event.
The academic schedule for 2018-2019 has been adjusted to accommodate the Games, to find out how please check out the February, March and April 2019 calendars posted at the Students' Association office or download them here.
To find out how this may affect RDC students or to find answers to any questions you might have, please follow the link www.rdc.ab.ca/canadawintergames
Students’ Association Fees: in a nutshell
* based on the 2017-2018 approved Annual Budget
The Students’ Association of Red Deer College is a student-led organization focused on serving the students of Red Deer College. By supporting programs and services, your money ensures all Red Deer College students get the support they need and have an equal opportunity to succeed academically.
The current SA fees are $6/credit for students in credit programs and $6/week for apprenticeship students. A credit student taking three courses per semester pays $108 in SA fees for the entire year while an apprenticeship student in an eight-week program pays $48. Your fees are allocated to ensure there is student representation within the College and at the three levels of government. These fees also maintain and expand student space and provide affordable programs and services.
To find out more about where your fees go, click on the pie chart, visit Students' Association Fees: in a nutshell or drop by the Students’ Association office in Room 2010.
Students’ Association pleased
degree-granting approved for RDC
The Students’ Association of Red Deer College is pleased the government has approved degree-granting status for Red Deer College. The change means Red Deer College will be able to pursue granting its own degrees, in addition to certificates, diplomas, applied and collaborative degrees and apprenticeship training.
Students have been lobbying for degree-granting at RDC for decades. Student leaders have organized multiple campaigns including 1992’s trip to the Legislature to lobby for degrees and 2016’s postcard campaign which saw postcards signed by Central Albertans supporting degree-granting delivered to the Legislature.
Representation, Services, FUN!
The Students’ Association of Red Deer College plays an important role in your life at RDC. The SA advocates for and represents students, provides a myriad of important (and fun!) services and is one of the largest employers of students on campus!
If you have a question, concern, need some more information or want to become more active with your SA, stop by the SA office, call 403-342-3200 or email us at !
Our mission: The Students’ Association of Red Deer College will enrich and enhance the quality of student life at Red Deer College by providing affordable and quality services, effective political representation and exciting opportunities for its members.