STU Senate Briefs Nov. 16, 2017

Application process for cannabis research chair

Applications for the research chair in cannabis closed Nov. 1. The hiring committee received two complete entries for the position and are reviewing the applications. A date has not been set for the committee to meet and discuss the applicants.

Presentation on recruitment and retention

Scott Duguay, associate vice-president of enrolment management, gave an overview of the university’s recruitment and retention. Duguay discussed strategies recruiters use domestically and internationally, and then broke down the data results over the past three years. Campus tours have increased by 100 over the last two years, and STU has gone from two to over 25 partnerships with recruitment agencies.

For student retention, Duguay said the university needs to work on getting students to have a clear “perceived value” of their education at STU and creating positive student experiences. First to second-year retention is one area Duguay said they want to increase — rethinking move-in day may be one of those tactics. Duguay said one of the results from the current strategy has been the new sexual violence policy, which consists of a tri-campus agreement between STU, the University of New Brunswick and New Brunswick Community College. Duguay said the policy seems to be effective, as more students feel comfortable and supported enough to report incidents that previously would go unreported.

Curriculum changes

The committee in charge of the curriculum made 20 motions regarding the approval of new courses, addition or removal of prerequisites, program description changes and the addition of information in the academic calendar for majors, minors and honours for several academic programs, including criminology, economics, environment and society, history, journalism, communications and public policy, psychology and sociology.

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