Proponents of on-campus student housing have new evidence to demonstrate the benefits of living on campus in a student’s first year. That’s because a recent pilot project by five Canadian universities has shown that living in residence has a clear positive impact for students’ first-year-GPA, retention to second year, and persistence to graduation.
“Trust me. I know what kids care about these days.”
Melissa felt her stomach drop. As a marketing professional working at a higher ed institution, she dreaded hearing these words from her colleague.
We know that many students today are uncertain about what career prospects await them after graduation, yet how many of us tend to think of career preparation as a mental health issue?
Canadian PSE has seen a surge in interest toward work-integrated learning in recent years, with employers, governments, and institutional stakeholders touting the many benefits that this real-world, hands-on learning can provide. Some have even called for WIL to become a universal and mandatory part of all PSE.
We look forward to sharing many incredible stories with you in 2017, but for now, we’d like to take a look back at the year that was with our Second Annual Canadian Higher Education Year in Review.
When it comes to students’ feelings of safety, not all campus spaces are experienced the same way by everyone. Some students consistently express greater feelings of safety in some places than in others, and institutions will need to know the difference if they want to help students feel safe no matter where they go on campus.
Every year, institutions are finding clever new ways to make these platforms fun, informative, and interactive for people both inside and beyond their academic community. And their applicants, current students, and alumni are noticing their efforts.
For many higher ed professionals, this is the time of year when the reality of student rejection sets in, and conversations begin to centre on what can be done to turn things around in the next enrolment cycle.
We’ve heard the debates about if and to what extent postsecondary institutions should train students to enter specific careers. Many argue that the traditional role of postsecondary institutions—especially universities—is to equip students with the reflective and critical thinking skills they will need for a lifetime of learning.
Every postsecondary student has the right to feel safe on campus, and many do. Whether they actually are safe, though, is a question that has provoked a growing discussion across Canada.
The era of Post Secondary Education internationalization is at its apex and is not slowing down, complete with oversized down parkas bursting out of luggage and laptop bags dangling off of shoulders.
A growing number of Canada’s postsecondary institutions have begun implementing indigenization initiatives to better support Indigenous learners, communities, and other stakeholders while promoting diversity and inclusivity.
The introduction, adoption, and explosion of technology across sectors has certainly “disrupted” how we do our jobs, but it has also transformed the jobs themselves and the way we find new talent.
Every institution will have applicants who decline their offer of admission. It’s an unfortunate event, but also one that can provide you and your team with critical knowledge for understanding how applicants see your school and how you can better connect with them.
The way that a school handles alcohol during a student’s first days on campus, especially during orientation, can have ramifications long after orientation itself.
Schools commit significant resources to making sure that their relationship with new students starts off on the right foot. But when it comes to planning these activities, administrators and incoming students might not always agree on the priorities. This is when having information about student preferences goes from being helpful to necessary.
Blue light. Many people don’t realize just how much it affects their lives. As our heads hit the pillow at night, we yawn and reach for our—Smartphones. Tablets. Laptops—any device with a glowing screen
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.