Course Each year, the Students’ Union hosts the Student Budget Consultation to ensure students have a voice in shaping our university.
Your budget priorities and service expectations are gathered through a comprehensive survey and a Town Hall. Priorities and recommendations are compiled in a report and presented to university administration and decision-makers for consideration. That means that your concerns are built into budgeting and plans – right from the start!
The Student Budget Consultation offers an opportunity to not only identify students’ priorities for future improvement, but also to recognize and celebrate the ways in which TRU excels, improves, and responds to the needs of students.
This article is part of a series recognizing excellence, improvement, and responsiveness to student concerns at TRU.
We are pleased to recognize the following areas for improvements in student satisfaction, particularly as a result of initiatives to respond to students’ prioritization and recommendations in previous Student Budget Consultations.
Academic advising is a foundational service, facilitating students’ selection of meaningful educational goals and planning efficient paths to program completion and graduation. Students have identified academic advising for improvement in every Student Budget Consultation Report from 2015/16 to 2019/20.
Enrolment Services and advisors across the university have responded with both systemic reform and front-line service improvements. While there is more work to be done, efforts so far are paying off as student satisfaction with academic advising has increased in each of the last three years (1.63/3.00 in 2015; 1.66/3.00 in 2016; 1.82/3.00 in 2017; and 1.85/3.00 in 2018).
On behalf of our members, the Students’ Union offers appreciation and congratulations to the staff and administration of Enrolment Services, as well as faculty and staff program advisors, on successful efforts toward improved service.
Course offerings are the central purpose of a university. Students identified course offering for improvement in the Student Budget Consultation Report 2016/17 and again in 2018/19 in relation to academic advising.
The university has invested in both curriculum development and curriculum governance. As a result, student satisfaction with course offerings has increased in each of the last three years (1.73/3.00 in 2015; 1.80/3.00 in 2016; 2.00/3.00 in 2017; and 2.01/3.00 in 2018). Although continued improved is desirable, students are now as satisfied with course offerings as with their experiences on average (1.96/3.00).
On behalf of our members, the Students’ Union offers appreciation and congratulations to all the faculty, staff, and administration across the university who contribute to curriculum planning, development, review, and delivery on successful efforts toward continuously improved teaching and learning.
Classroom Technology and Equipment
Classroom technology and equipment is an important part of the learning environment, and, like most technology, has changed rapidly in recent years. Students identified a need to upgrade and manage classroom technology and equipment in the Student Budget Consultation Report 2017/18, as part of improvements to classrooms overall.
Information Technology Services committed to a series of improvements including leasing the latest classroom technologies, removing obsolete equipment, and investigating new wireless display connectivity options. As a result, student satisfaction with classroom technology has increased in each of the last two years (1.90/3.00 in 2016; 2.11/3.00 in 2017; and 2.18/3.00 in 2018). In fact, classroom technology is now one of the highest rated items in the survey.
On behalf of our members, the Students’ Union offers appreciation and congratulations to the staff and administration of Information Technology Services, on successful efforts to improve the classroom experience.
Student Budget Consultation
To learn more about how students’ opinions and experiences are reflected at TRU, visit the Student Budget Consultation page.
For more information, contact:
University Governance Coordinator