Students keen on community: report
Focus groups suggest ways to bring students into loop
by Michelle Cook staff writer
Letting students know how they can get involved in campus life
is the key to building a stronger UBC community according to a draft
report prepared for the business process re-engineering team in
the Student Recruitment Office and for vice-president, Students,
Based on input from student groups and administrators across campus,
the report, Building a Campus Community: The Community UBC, puts
forward several recommendations to improve the quality of university
life for students.
"The original focus of the report was to help set the direction
for student recruitment," says Janet Teasdale, director, Student
"We wanted to address the importance of building the UBC community
in order to attract potential students. And current students identified
community as something they want to talk about and take leadership
The findings in the report will be a tool to help people all over
campus begin a dialogue about what it means to build a community
and how to do that, says Teasdale.
Some of the suggestions for community building include creating
a stronger visual identity for the university, establishing a buddy
or mentorship program and emphasizing the importance of personal
contact between students and university staff.
The report also identifies better communications between myriad
groups on campus as the key to bringing students into the loop.
It calls for the establishment of a Centre for Student Involvement
to act as an information clearing house, and for the vice-president,
Students, and the Alma Mater Society president to send out monthly
joint e-mail encouraging student involvement.
Another recommendation is to create a celebration, such as UBC
Day, to bring the whole UBC community together, possibly on the
anniversary of the 1922 Great Trek march to Point Grey to establish
the UBC campus.
Earlier this year, 75 students, faculty and staff brainstormed
on ideas to build a stronger UBC community in focus groups and through
The draft report will be presented to the Campus Advisory Board
on Student Development later this month.
A copy of the report will be available at www.vpstudents.ubc.ca/index.htm.