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Wellness Consultations: Accessible, Graduate-Specific Mental Health Support

Graduate students face unique barriers when accessing mental health support, such as navigating dual roles as students and employees (Maldonado, Wiggers, & Arnold, 2013) and fear of reprisal or stigma if supervisors, mentors, or their own undergraduate students find out (Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario, 2018). The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) established the Wellness Consultation … Continue reading "Wellness Consultations: Accessible, Graduate-Specific Mental Health Support"

June 10, 2019

Campus Strategic Sustainability Plan

In 2008, environmental sustainability was identified as one of Thompson Rivers University’s (TRU) seven founding values in 2008. To this end, in 2009, the TRU created the Sustainability Office, to ensure that sustainability would be considered in all university planning initiatives.  While significant sustainability work was accomplished between 2009 and 2013, TRU had not yet … Continue reading "Campus Strategic Sustainability Plan"

June 10, 2019

Staff Job Design, Evaluation and Compensation

In collaboration with the University of Western Ontario Staff Association, supervisors and administrators across campus, Human Resource staff developed and implemented a sustainable, effective and efficient job evaluation system for staff roles supporting student experience, administration and the research enterprise. The work began a number of years ago when discussions with the union representatives identified concerns … Continue reading "Staff Job Design, Evaluation and Compensation"

June 10, 2019

Improving Organizational Safety through a Health and Safety Management System

From Wake-up Call to Transformation In the autumn of 2013 the University of Alberta experienced explosions in two labs, each resulting in significant injuries to a graduate student. The explosions represented a wake-up call, confirming that the university was not doing enough to improve its safety culture. After a review of best practices within both … Continue reading "Improving Organizational Safety through a Health and Safety Management System"

January 23, 2018

Sharing knowledge and saving time with a Business Glossary and a FAQ tool

As with many organizations there is a lot of knowledge accumulated and shared through emails, documents, presentations, training sessions, workshops, and sometimes just in people’s heads. This decentralized method of organizing and accessing information was decreasing the quality, accuracy and consistency of UBC Development and Alumni Engagement (DAE) staff work. The primary goal of this … Continue reading "Sharing knowledge and saving time with a Business Glossary and a FAQ tool"

January 10, 2018

Boosting Student Registration Rates at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)

Using the Lean 6 Sigma continuous improvement approach to boost new UQAC student registration rates. Defining the issue: Due to delays in issuing official admission decisions (acceptance/rejection letters) and in taking follow-up action aimed at converting acceptances into registrations, UQAC was losing students to other universities. Not all accepted applicants go on to register. This … Continue reading "Boosting Student Registration Rates at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)"

February 1, 2017

Online Faculty Career Data Systems

In August 2016, the Office of the Provost – Faculty Affairs with Information Technology Services launched an online Faculty Leaves system that modernizes an existing time-consuming and paper-driven process. Briefly, Carleton’s academics can now create leave applications, review eligibility, and submit applications in an online environment. Applications are then reviewed online by: the Academic Head … Continue reading "Online Faculty Career Data Systems"

January 25, 2017

Queen’s New (Activity-Based) Budget Model

Queen’s New Budget Model has had a profoundly positive effect on the university.  Planning for the new model began in March 2012. Over  the following four months, the development of the actual model benefited from a very considerable amount of consultation, and a great deal of hard work by many people.  The first fiscal year for which … Continue reading "Queen’s New (Activity-Based) Budget Model"

January 24, 2017

Cape Breton University Wind Farm

Cape Breton University (CBU) is proud to be the first energy self-sufficient and carbon neutral campus in North America. In January 2016, CBU completed the development of a three turbine 5.4 MW windfarm across from the campus that generates an estimated 16,200 MWh of electrical energy annually, equivalent to an offset of 15,400 tonnes of … Continue reading "Cape Breton University Wind Farm"

January 12, 2017

Changing the Course of Student Residences

Historically Vancouver Island University was a community college which served a local catchment area on Vancouver Island.  In 2008 an amendment to the University Act of BC designated VIU as a university.  This change began to have two effects on the campus.  Firstly, it drastically enlarged the catchment area of the institution and created demand … Continue reading "Changing the Course of Student Residences"

January 9, 2017

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