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USC executive publish year-end review of projects and campaigns

Making it easier to be a student. These words opened the Team Sophie platform and each point following attempted to accomplish just that. This report is a review of the platform, categorizing each point as Complete, Ongoing and Incomplete at the school year’s close. Complete refers to projects or initiatives that have been successfully accomplished or are scheduled to be completed in early 2016. Ongoing refers to projects that are still active and more work can be done next year, with completion still a priority. Incomplete refers to projects where no or little future work is scheduled and the completion is no longer a priority. Many of the advocacy points are categorized as ongoing, as it often takes more than one year to both decide and implement university policy or budget changes. Read the FULL REPORT HERE. For further questions please contact: Kevin Hurren Communications Officer University Students’ Council communications@westernusc.ca 519-661-2111 ext....

USC General Manager steps away from role following eight years of service

Cathy Clarke, General Manager for the University Students’ Council, has decided to leave the USC effective September 30th, 2016, up until which time she will remain with the organization to ensure corporate stability and the transition of her successor. This provides the USC the opportunity to review the scope, autonomy, and accountability of the GM role, as well as the overall organizational structure of the USC. Clarke has served the USC for eight years as a mentor and advisor to many student executives and leaders. Her dedication and teamwork has supported the organization through a number of trials and she can claim many achievements in her tenure. “Through her time at the USC, Cathy has been a fierce advocate for students and worked hard to ensure the organization has always been supported,” said USC president Sophie Helpard. “Many student leaders who are now USC alumni know her to be a mentor and a friend. I would personally like to thank Cathy for everything she has done for me, my executive, and for students. I am proud to have worked so closely with her over my year with the USC and look forward to a new chapter for the organization.” Highlights from Clarke’s years with the USC include the development of a corporate governance structure, financial and program sustainability, comprehensive capital renovations on all USC operated space and a fully funded five-year capital plan. “I’ve seen a lot of positive changes at the USC in my time here and predict a stable future for the organization,” explained Clarke. “It’s time for a change in my life and a change of...

2015 Student Survey results published, part of larger USC feedback efforts

The University Students’ Council is committed to improving the educational experience and quality of life for undergraduate students at Western. In order to effectively fulfill this mandate, the USC needs to identify the barriers students face in their time at this institution – done here through a student survey. This survey is part of larger feedback initiatives that aim to match advocacy priorities with student interests. Prior to the creation of this survey, student unions across Canada were consulted to gauge the most astute questioning and to reflect on best practices. This survey is a key component of the USC’s feedback strategy and will hopefully be continued on an annual basis with the goal of tracking trends. To view the survey results, read the 2015 Student Survey report HERE. The results for this survey were collected using an online survey platform. The survey link was disseminated through social media, on the University Students’ Council website and over UWO email to every undergraduate student at Western University. The questions appeared in various forms: rating scales ranking experiences, ordering options by importance or preference, multiple choice and long answer. The survey received 3,220 responses. The opportunity to win an iPad Air 2, iPad Mini and one of four USC Platinum Cards was also presented as an incentive for participation. USC Platinum Cards are reward cards that gift holders with discounts and line-bypass as certain USC events or operations. For further questions please contact: Kevin Hurren Communications Officer University Students’ Council communications@westernusc.ca 519-661-2111 ext....

USC executive meets with 21 senior Western staff, makes recommendations

On Monday, January 11 the University Students’ Council Executive met with a number of high-level university administration to identify student priorities and discuss potential collaborative projects. A full list of the meeting’s 21 attendants can be found below, but included Western’s President & Vice-Chancellor Amit Chakma, Provost and Vice-President Academic Janice Deakin, Vice-President Research John Capone, Vice-President Resources & Operations Gitta Kulczycki and Vice-President External, Kelly Cole. Topics ranged from rapid transit on campus to the methodology behind course evaluations. There was also an opportunity for the USC to share individual student stories, specifically ones about discrimination and racism at Western. Though this meeting does not replace regular advocacy meetings with administration, this was a unique opportunity to speak with a great number of Western senior staff at once. Chakma also wrote about the meeting’s effectiveness in a letter published online. Ultimately three recommendations were made by the USC and highlighted as priorities moving forward. These recommendations and their background are as follows. Recommendation: The University should develop a Curricular Experiential Learning bursary for professors who wish to integrate experiential learning components into their classes. Non-participatory and lecture-style instruction is still the norm across Western faculties, especially in large classes. Heavy reliance on these types of instruction limits the number of opportunities students will have to participate in curricular experiential learning opportunities. While traditional in-the-classroom learning will always be the dominant pedagogical practice, students are looking for a higher level of diversity and dynamism in their classrooms. It is our belief that professors should, wherever possible, start to integrate more CEL into their curriculum. For professors who wish to incorporate a...

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