More than ever, it’s not enough for institutions to track enrolment alone. Institutions need to know all the reasons why students choose them, don’t choose them, stay at their institution, or don’t stay at their institution.
How can Canada encourage more postsecondary students to study abroad? Both employers and higher ed institutions have acknowledged the value that this type of experience could bring to the country’s workforce. But according to recent numbers, only 3.1% of full-time university students and 1.1% of full-time college students have studied abroad as part of their postsecondary education.
We asked 1,400 StudentVu panelists what they thought about the growing presence of international students on campus, the domestic student-international student relationship, the proportion of international students to domestic students, and other related issues.
Travelling is what books do best. They are portable, can go anywhere, don’t need to be recharged, can be shared and borrowed. They travel into the hands of another knowledge seeker and are ready to transform the life of its new owner.
If someone told you that the best way to learn was to keep information to yourself and never talk about what you know, you’d probably pat their head, say “that’s nice,” and walk away.
There was a time when higher ed institutions didn’t worry about exactly how many applicants they would get, where they would come from, or why an institution would be their first choice.
This just isn’t the case anymore.
Any time a student moves from high school into postsecondary education, or from postsecondary into the workforce, there are always stakeholders on each side of the transition who seem to say to the other side, “You got this, right?”
Here are three key questions that years of research have taught us to ask when determining whether or not schools should go ahead with new programs.
You've heard it before:
We already know what our students think.
Our committee has already picked the brand strategy that will work best.
We know our school and our students. We don't need external consultation.
It is important for those of us committed to improving the practice of teaching in higher education to recognize the contributions of cognitive science when we consider the brave new world of technology-enhanced learning.
Over the past two decades, many colleges have begun offering baccalaureate degrees and become more research-intensive. Yet one could argue that the processes for approving new research at colleges has yet to be adapted to their unique institutional needs.
The release each autumn of Education at a Glance, the OECD’s compendium of education statistics, is always a welcome event in Canada. It allows us to draw attention to this flattering headline: Canada is the most educated country in the developed world.
The latest research indicates that international students encounter a unique set of challenges related to academic and social integration when they arrive at campuses outside their home countries.
Academica’s StudentVu panel reveals that postsecondary students appreciate getting advance warnings about potentially upsetting content in the classroom. But they do not want their learning limited to safe material.
The shifting role of Applied Research at Canadian colleges is changing the research and development landscape, but it comes with challenges.
Free access to higher education will emerge as a direct result of economic change and a broadening of societal goals, writes Cape Breton University President David Wheeler.
If the landslide Liberal victory in the October 19th federal election has ushered in a new era of Canadian politics, it may have been due to the PSE student vote.
Born with a rare neuromuscular myopathy, Dr. Jeff Preston has spent his life advocating for himself and for others with disabilities.
With a new school year underway, we are once again hearing about sexual violence on university and college campuses. The September news cycle included reports of sexual assault on the west and east costs alike. It also documented institutional efforts to develop and implement stand-alone sexual assault policies.
With change comes opportunity. In Canada, along with the rest of the world, the evolution to a knowledge-based economy is putting stresses on our public and private sectors.
A key strategy to unlocking enrolment barriers is putting students at the centre of the enrolment experience and then ensuring that your administrative needs are aligned.
A recent StudentVU survey indicates that postsecondary student votes could tip the scales this election and usher in a new federal government.
What is the purpose of the university? Judging by their mission statements, they define themselves as institutions of research and teaching, with varying degrees of emphasis on one or the other.
The spring federal and provincial budgets were watched closely to see how governments of all political stripes would attempt to strike a balance between short-term fiscal restraint and longer-term investments in infrastructure and human capital.
Educational researchers have been conducting studies on human learning and memory for over a century. Yet, our teaching practices have not changed very much in that time.
In front of an audience of my peers and human rights practitioners, I recently shared my thoughts and recommendations for addressing sexual violence on university and college campuses.
The last residential school in Saskatchewan closed in 1996, the year I started kindergarten. A dark chapter in our history was closed along with that school.
What we need in order to produce creative problem solvers for this new millennium is a process-based curriculum.
Congratulations! You’re the new voice for hundreds, or thousands, of students on your campus. Being elected to your students’ union is one of the greatest opportunities you’ll have during your university career.
Ways of learning have changed dramatically, and we now have access to vast sources of information. But many classrooms look very similar to what they did 200 years ago.