Urban universities fight to keep commuters on campus

March 16, 2008

To enhance student engagement, satisfaction and completion rates, universities in major Canadian cities are making it a top priority to encourage commuter students to spend more time on campus. Successful initiatives include commuter student lounges, don-like mentors for commuter students, and expanded on-campus employment. uToronto estimates that 85% of students at its 3 campuses are commuters. First-year Learning Communities (FLC) "replicate the benefits of residence living" by assigning students to small groups of about 24 students, who share common classes and labs.  University Affairs