The annual Student Budget Consultation is a critical part of how the Student Caucus works to ensure students have a voice in shaping our university.

Like most things in life, making change at TRU requires resources, and that requires being a part of the budget process. Each year, your budget priorities and service expectations are gathered through a two-stage consultation. A comprehensive survey records your opinions of and priorities from a wide range of your experiences, and a Town Hall let us ask you about key priorities in depth.

These priorities are compiled in a Report on the Student Budget Consultation and presented to university administration. The administration reviews the recommendations and distributes them to the responsible departments. Those departments must consider those recommendations when developing their annual budget requests and service plans. That means that your concerns are built into budget development – right from the start!

Current Recommendations

The following chart represents the recommendations made by students in the 2018/19 Student Budget Consultation and the progress that has been made in addressing these recommendations by Thompson Rivers University.

Parking Response Status
1. Monitor and report on the implementation of the Sustainable Parking Framework and pricing rates and structures in terms of the effect on total single-occupancy vehicle use, demand management, and shifts to use of alternative transportation options; Response Received
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2.  Monitor and report on the use of the 20% discount on passes for those living outside the transit service area; Response Received
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3.  Reconsider rate increases and investigate pricing rate, structure, and augmentation options that are more flexible to needs and sensitive to affordability and fairness;

Response Received
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4.  Include structured/underground parking in the 5-Year Capital Plan to maintain 2,481 total parking spaces as per the Campus Master Plan; Response Received
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Food Services Response Status

1. Monitor and report on the implementation of the actions identified in the Food Services Response to TRUSU in terms of the effect on the expansion of food options in the form of food trucks and the redevelopment of existing outlets, on the provision of dietary accommodation and nutritional information, on the extension of hours of operation, and on the promptness of food service; and

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 2. Conduct a full and meaningful campus consultation to shape any new or renewed campus food service contract(s) Response Received
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Student Awards and Financial Support Response Status
 1. Increase awareness and use of financial supports through both advertising and integrated communications and administration in related departments and processes; Response Received
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2. Reorganize and bolster a student-centred service provision in Student Awards and Financial Support; Response Received
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 3. Provide for a seamless experience between Student Awards and Financial Support and other departments; and Response Received
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 4. Continue and report on the audit of financial aid offerings, and maintain a partnership with the Students’ Union to undertake a study of financial need amongst potential students in the region that TRU serves Response Received
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Academic Advising Response Status
 1. Ensure the full implementation of Degree Works, including use by students, for all programs by the Fall 2018 semester Response Received
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Course Materials Response Status
 1. Establish a comprehensive system of textbooks on reserve in the Library with sufficient copies to meet demand by investigating alternative funding arrangements such as Faculty or departmental budgets;

Response Received
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2. Establish an Open Textbook Grants Program, in development by a multi-stakeholder group, for instructors to create and adapt open educational resources for use in courses Response Received
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2018/19 Report Responses by the Numbers

 

Prior Year Recommendations

No Response/
No Action
Declined to Address Partially Addressed/
Partially Complete
Substantially Addressed/
Substantially Complete
Addressed in Full/
Complete
2017/18 Student Budget Consultation Recommendations
Food Services Commitment Action
1. Proactively identify and pursue opportunities to introduce market competition to campus food services; Addressed in Full
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Partially Complete
2.  Audit current food service offerings and develop plans to address nutritional deficiencies and establish a minimal standard for accommodation of dietary restrictions, traditions, and choices; Partially Addressed
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Partially Complete
3. Extend overall food service hours of operation to meet needs over a greater proportion of the period of campus activity; Substantially Addressed
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Substantially Complete
4. Measurably improve the promptness of food service, particularly at the Tim Horton’s outlet in the House of Learning. Partially Addressed
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Partially Complete
Student Awards and Financial Support Commitment Action
 1. Increase awareness and use of financial supports through both advertising and integrated communications and administration in related departments and processes; Declined to Address
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No Action
 2. Reorganize and bolster a student-centred service provision in Student Awards and Financial Support; Declined to Address
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No Action
3. Provide for a seamless experience between Student Awards and Financial Support and other departments; and  Declined to Address
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No Action
 4. Audit financial aid offerings to identify any gaps between need and availability. Addressed in Full
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No Action
Study Space   Commitment Action
 1. Create campus-wide plans to establish, design, and manage more and more effective study spaces; Substantially Addressed
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Partially Complete
2. Design and install a comprehensive network of electrical outlets in all study spaces to ensure a standard ratio of outlets to spaces; Partially Addressed
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No Action
 3. Extend hours of operation of the Library and other buildings that primarily provide study space; and Partially Addressed
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Partially Complete
 4. Expand and improve the programming and amenities of 24-hour study space offerings. Substantially Addressed
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Partially Complete
Classrooms   Commitment Action
 1. Improve the system of classroom selection to ensure their suitability against the size of the course section and the required activities; Addressed in Full
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Partially Complete
 2. Create a multi-year classroom maintenance and upgrade plan that prioritizes classrooms and buildings to be addressed in order to ensure a comparable quality of learning environments for all students; Declined to Address
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No Action
 3. Audit the current stock of classroom equipment and technology for comparison against usage and needs and develops a management plan(s) for distribution, removal, and procurement; Addressed in Full
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Partially Complete
4. Audit the current stock of classroom seating and develops a management plan(s) for distribution and replacement and immediately replaces any seating that fails to meet a minimal standard of quality for health and safety; and Declined to Address
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No Action
 5.  Design and install a comprehensive network of electrical outlets in all classrooms to ensure a standard ratio of outlets to spaces Partially Addressed
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No Action
The Bookstore and Course Materials Commitment Action
 1. Provide greater returns to students selling used textbooks and lower prices for students buying them;

No Response
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No Action
2. Establish a comprehensive system of textbooks on reserve in the Library with sufficient copies to meet demand; Declined to Address
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No Action
3. Provide incentives or supports for instructors to adopt textbooks from the BC Open Textbook program; Declined to Address
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No Action
4. Establish a fellowship for instructors to create open textbooks, in partnership with the BC Open Textbook program; Declined to Address
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No Action
5. Extend hours of operation in the Bookstore with the possibility of increased student employment or window service; and No Response
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No Action
6. Enhance the flexibility of the Bookstore return policy for textbooks and course materials. No Response
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No Action
2016/17 Student Budget Consultation Recommendations

The following chart represents the recommendations made by students in the 2016/17 Student Budget Consultation and the progress that has been made in addressing these recommendations by Thompson Rivers University.

Course Offerings Commitment Action
1. Offer courses in a transparent, sufficiently frequent, and reliable manner throughout all three semesters; that is coherent with program progression; and that facilitates effective student course planning No Response
No Action
Academic Advising Commitment Action
1. Comprehensively and fundamentally review the provision of academic advising services Substantially Addressed
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Partially Complete
Parking  Commitment Action
1. Improve parking affordability, value, space and demand management, and the flexibility of rate options Partially Addressed
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No Action

More Information

Check out the Student Caucus Newsfeed or contact caucus@trusu.ca for updates on the Student Budget Consultation for this year!

To review previous years Reports on the Student Budget Consultation, click on the thumbnails below:

Student Budget Consultation Report 2018
2017 Report
Student Budget Consultation Report 2016
2016 Report
2016/17 Student Budget Consultation Report
2015 Report