Student engagement a priority for uWaterloo

April 9, 2010

Speaking at an on-campus town hall meeting last Thursday, the University of Waterloo's president and provost spoke of a renewed emphasis on student quality of life, engagement, success, and retention. Students should be engaged "with the institution, with their professors, and with each other," said the provost, promising "some significant changes," including a reorganization of student services. Stress is a major issue for students, said president David Johnston, who praised the leader of uWaterloo's counselling services and his work in identifying problems that keep students from flourishing. Johnston said he worries "that our kids are so career-oriented and so focused that they don't have enough joy in that four-year or five-year period." uWaterloo Daily Bulletin