Trent SMA emphasizes innovative pedagogy, economic impact

August 26, 2014

The strategic mandate agreement (SMA) signed between Trent University and Ontario emphasizes the university’s unique, interdisciplinary pedagogical approach; its small class sizes; and its commitment to access for underrepresented groups including Aboriginal, first-generation, LGBTQ, and international students. Trent’s impact on the local economy is identified as an area of institutional strength; the SMA notes that Trent students contribute $170 M and support 1,865 local jobs, while the university as a whole represents a regional economic impact of nearly $390 M. Moreover, Trent alumni comprise roughly 8% of the Peterborough workforce. Student engagement is also identified as an institutional strength, with Trent scoring above the provincial average in all 5 categories of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The SMA further notes Trent’s focus on faculty research involving undergraduate students and its support for experiential and technology-enhanced learning. The SMA identifies 4 areas of proposed program growth: interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability science; interdisciplinary humanities; interdisciplinary social sciences; and the study of Canada and Indigenous knowledge. Trent SMA