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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.