OUSA survey reveals students place teaching ahead of research, reduced class sizes

March 13, 2014

A new report by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) reveals that undergraduate students prioritize enhanced instructor training over increased research opportunities and even reduced class sizes. The report, Beyond the Traditional Classroom: Teaching and Learning in Contemporary Higher Education, presents results of OUSA’s Ontario Post-Secondary Student Survey, and particularly the data on students’ experiences with high-impact learning, their views on the balance between teaching and research, and what resources should be prioritized at their university. The data also indicate that “for the most part, students are accessing high-impact and work-integrated learning at greater rates than ever, and are having a broad selection of pedagogical experiences.” More than half of the 9,000 students surveyed said they have experienced an online course. OUSA News Release | Full Report