The University Students’ Council pleased to see recommendations incorporated into the Strategic Plan of Western University, and is committed to working to ensure a high quality of education across all disciplines.
LONDON, January 24 2014 – This afternoon Western University’s Senate approved a new strategic plan for the university. The USC supports the strategic plan, and is pleased to see a number of the USC’s recommendations incorporated into the plan. Over the past 16 months, the USC has advocated for the views of students throughout the process.
The USC’s suggestions focused on a high quality and broad education of students, both in and out of the classroom, a strong support system for students, and the affordability of our education. “Students were very pleased to see that many suggestions made it into the plan, including expanded international opportunities, providing more research opportunities to undergraduate students, and a strong commitment to the health and wellness of students,” said Pat Whelan, USC President.
Sam Krishnapillai, USC Vice-President Internal, noted that the USC appreciated the commitment of the Western Administration to consulting and working with students in the formulation of the plan. “Over the past 16 months, the USC made multiple recommendations and suggested amendments on behalf of students to draft versions of the Strategic Plan,” said Krishnapillai, “we’re happy to see many of them in the final version.”
While many of the USC’s recommendations were accommodated in the plan, the USC was disappointed to note that its recommendations around the affordability of an undergraduate education were not included. The USC is committed to continued work in this area, and to ensuring that an affordable education remains a high priority for Western.
“We understand some members of the university community have concerns with the strategic plan in the context of differentiation and selective research funding. However, we believe on the whole that the plan is beneficial for the educational experience of undergraduate students,” continued Whelan. “We are committed to working with students and administration to ensure a high quality of teaching is maintained across all disciplines and faculties.”
The USC looks forward to continued work with the university as it begins to operationalize the plan, and it will ensure that student priorities are communicated during this crucial time.
For more information, read the USC’s formal submission to the strategic plan here.
The USC represents the interests of over 30 000 professional and undergraduate, full- and part-time university students to decision-makers on campus and at all levels of government.
For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Jasmine Irwin, Vice-President Communications.
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