“Recently I’ve had the opportunity to speak with Athabasca University’s board of directors about the institution’s IMA. The board has written to request a brief extension beyond the Aug. 31 deadline, which I am happy to grant.

“Since presenting the draft IMA to the board of directors, I’ve remained collaborative and flexible to ensure we have an agreement that works for our government and the institution, and provides long-term certainty to students, faculty and staff.

“Alberta’s government believes that Athabasca University can excel in its mandate while at the same time strengthening ties to the community and driving employment, economic growth and opportunity in the region.

“We’re continuing to negotiate with the board in good faith, and I’m confident we will be able to reach an agreement soon. 

“Once negotiations are completed and an agreement is reached, I will provide an update to Albertans.”