These are the issues: Learning Environment
Waterloo monitors the quality of its learning environment through several surveys including the National Survey on Student Engagement (NSSE), National College Health Assessment (NCHA), and Canada University Survey Consortium (CUSC). Internally, Waterloo also conducts the Canadian Graduate and Professional Students Survey (CGPSS) with graduate and professional students.
In contrast to positive results in categories including academic excellence and satisfaction, answers to survey items related to physical, mental, and social health expose less than optimal conditions at Waterloo. The Learning Environment group believes we can do better.
Before Waterloo can address how to build a high quality learning environment, there needs to be a fundamental commitment to honouring students and their learning development. The Learning Environment Issue Paper Advisory Group strongly articulated their belief that Waterloo’s student learning environment is a vital component of Waterloo’s success as an institution, and that Waterloo's institutional values need to reflect this position. The value statement is as follows:
Achieving a positive learning experience requires a proactive community that demonstrates and encourages genuine care, concern, and respect for students and all members of the university community.
The working group determined that the proposed value statement be presented with three outcome areas that will serve to promote a "call to action" for discussion, revision, and ultimately, for endorsement:
- Student support
- Student involvement on campus
- Learning culture
The upcoming consultation phase of the University's strategic planning process will determine whether or not the group's value statement resonates with the larger community.
Let's suppose for the moment that it does. The group considers the next question to be whether or not the three categories they have established are representative of the value statement, and if anything else needs to be included. Questions to stimulate discussion include:
- What changes do we want to see in the learning environment?
- What would ideal student relationships, support, and student involvement look like?
- What would assure us that the values of the institution are being applied?
- How could you, as an individual, contribute to ensuring that this value statement is enacted?
The value statement will be refined based on community feedback and indicators will be developed against which change can be evaluated and measured.
Check out the full issue paper (PDF) on the Bridge to 2020 website.
Join the conversation and share your feedback on the Learning Environment issue paper.
Third annual HeForShe writing contest launches in September
As part of the commitment to the UN Women’s HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative, the University of Waterloo is presenting the Third Annual HeForShe Writing Contest, launching September 2018.
Everyone in the University of Waterloo community—students, staff, faculty, and alumni—are invited to share their stories, real and imagined, about building a better and more equitable world. The 2018-19 contest theme is ALLIES. In what ways are you #HeForShe?
A $500 prize will be awarded for the top submission in each category (poetry, creative non-fiction, and fiction). Selected submissions will also be included in a special University of Waterloo anthology on gender equity that will be published on March 8, 2019 — International Women’s Day.
The contest will open on September 5, 2018, and close on October 1, 2018. For more information, please visit the HeForShe website.
The Bombshelter Pub in the Student Life Centre is closed for the remainder of the term. "We look forward to seeing you all in the Fall," says a note from the Federation of Students. "Have a safe and fantastic August!"
"It’s with mixed emotions that we announce that Sue Steffler has decided to retire after an incredible 41 years at the University of Waterloo," says a note from her colleagues in the Registrar's Office. "We hope you will join us as we celebrate her achievements and to wish her well as she heads off on her next adventure. Sue’s last day at work will be Monday August 20."
"Please stop by and sign her card, which is located out at the front wickets on the filing cabinet near the printer. Look for an orange file folder. For anyone who wishes to contribute to a gift, an envelope is on hand as well."
Sue's retirement celebration will take place on Friday, August 17 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in NH 3318.
Calling all backpackers: The University of Waterloo Police Service (UWPS), in support of Regional Family & Children Services, are collecting new backpacks and other school supplies as our potential future students prepare to attend local schools. Any donations will be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the UWPS office in the Commissary Building at any time.
Donations of new backpacks and lunch bags can be made until Tuesday, August 14.
There are no employers on campus next week hosting employer information sessions. Visit the Employer Information Session calendar to stay updated.