A Reappraisal of University Access and Affordability 2009
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This report is based on the premise that there should be equal opportunity for all Canadians to obtain access to universities and colleges. While there are many ways that people can participate in post-secondary education — attending a local college or university, relocating to a city with a university, correspondence or distance education — access to these may be blocked by background and experiences, family situation, educational achievement, geographic location, and limited finances. Not all may choose to enrol in a postsecondary educational institution, but it is our position that access to universities and colleges should be provided in a way that parallels the access Canadians have to health care and to primary and secondary education. The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) defines accessibility as “post-secondary education must be open to all qualified persons on uniform terms and conditions” (CAUT, 2002). Financial barriers should be removed for all those willing to participate in post-secondary education.