Igniting Purpose
Student Experience Action Plan

Igniting Purpose
Student Experience Action Plan

STUDENTS ARE AT THE HEART OF WHAT WE DO

As a collective university community, we shape our future potential. The Student Experience Action Plan (SEAP) is about how we can do that in the most intentional, informed and inspired ways.

Celebrating The Launch

Watch the Launch Event

On January 31, watch Bill Flanagan, President and Vice-Chancellor; Verna Yiu, Provost and Vice-President Academic; and Melissa Padfield, Deputy Provost, Students and Enrolment, launch our new guiding document for the student experience. Learn how we all have a part to play in its success.

Upcoming Engagement Sessions with Students

North Campus 

  • Van Vliet - Wednesday, February 28, 1 - 3 p.m.
  • ETLC - Thursday, February 29, 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Campus Saint-Jean - Wednesday, March 6, 1 - 3 p.m.
  • SUB - Monday, March 11, 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Augustana - Thursday, April 4, 1 - 3 p.m.
Booklet Cover Igniting Purpose

Igniting Purpose: The Student Experience Action Plan

The SEAP is an ongoing call-to-action. It is our guide to understanding what constitutes a positive student experience and a catalyst for us to embody this vision in its fullest.

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Group of Project Co-Sponsors

From left to right: Abner Monteiro, President, Student’s Union (2022-2023); Melissa Padfield, Deputy Provost, Students and Enrolment; Dr. Leo Wong, Associate Dean, Education, Alberta School of Business; Monisha Vinod, Vice President Student Services, Graduate Students’ Association, 2022-2023

“The Student Experience Action Plan will guide and support our individual and collective efforts and decision-making over the next three years to ensure our communities of students are engaged to learn, explore and pursue customized experiences during their university journey. Taking steps to enhance an already positive student experience, driven by student data, is critical to delivering on Shape: The University Strategic Plan 2023-2033’s pillar of ‘Education with Purpose”.

Project Co-sponsors

Principles of the action plan

Connections are Fostered

Students are supported through a community that values different voices and perspectives and fosters inclusivity through opportunities for meaningful connection.

Exploration is Essential

Every students’ journey will include opportunities for exploration that reflects their unique goals, identities and position.

Challenge Accepted!

Students have the necessary skills and resources to embrace and overcome challenges which activate them along their academic and personal growth.

Our Commitment To Students

Our Vision For The Student Experience

As a student-centered community, we all listen, learn and act to deliver exceptional student experiences.

Our Commitment To The Student Experience

Together, we nurture experiences where students explore and expand their knowledge, skills and networks, connecting with local and global communities, to act with purpose.

Indigenous Worldview

We are all interrelated and interconnected, living, learning and working together for a balanced, supportive and healthy community with the land and with each other.

Our Commitment To Students

Our Vision For The Student Experience

As a student-centered community, we all listen, learn and act to deliver exceptional student experiences.

Our Commitment To The Student Experience

Together, we nurture experiences where students explore and expand their knowledge, skills and networks, connecting with local and global communities, to act with purpose.

Indigenous Worldview

We are all interrelated and interconnected, living, learning and working together for a balanced, supportive and healthy community with the land and with each other.


Students told us what matters to them

The SEAP team’s engagement yielded seven thematic areas of importance, reflecting the key concerns and highlights of students’ experiences.

Creating Safe, Accessible and Connected Campuses

The U of A should maintain clean, accessible spaces and learning environments on all campuses.


Demonstrating Transparency and Affordability

The university needs to be transparent about how they are using money from students’ tuition and fees to demonstrate that post-secondary education at the U of A is a valuable investment.


Enabling Academic Agency and Flexibility

Flexible learning environments and proactive academic advising are increasingly valuable for students.


Fostering a Student-Centred Learning Environment

To meet the evolving needs of students, we must put them at the heart of all we do.


Prioritizing Student Success

Putting students’ holistic wellbeing front and center today sets them up for personal, academic and professional success tomorrow.


Relationships, Connection and Belonging Matter

The U of A must create conditions that foster community and provide meaningful opportunities for students to feel at home and flourish.


Supporting Transitions Into and Out of Study

Students call on the U of A to set them up for early success in studies and equip them with essential skills, knowledge and experiences to thrive at the university and beyond.

Creating Safe, Accessible and Connected Campuses

The U of A should maintain clean, accessible spaces and learning environments on all campuses.


Demonstrating Transparency and Affordability

The university needs to be transparent about how they are using money from students’ tuition and fees to demonstrate that post-secondary education at the U of A is a valuable investment.


Enabling Academic Agency and Flexibility

Flexible learning environments and proactive academic advising are increasingly valuable for students.


Fostering a Student-Centred Learning Environment

To meet the evolving needs of students, we must put them at the heart of all we do.


Prioritizing Student Success

Putting students’ holistic wellbeing front and center today sets them up for personal, academic and professional success tomorrow.


Relationships, Connection and Belonging Matter

The U of A must create conditions that foster community and provide meaningful opportunities for students to feel at home and flourish.


Supporting Transitions Into and Out of Study

Students call on the U of A to set them up for early success in studies and equip them with essential skills, knowledge and experiences to thrive at the university and beyond.

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Moving Forward

The SEAP exists as a living document enacted through our ongoing commitment to shape an exceptional student experience. Its focus on shared accountability is a reflection of the collective impact and responsibility all members of the campus community have with regard to the student experience.

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Moving Forward

The SEAP exists as a living document enacted through our ongoing commitment to shape an exceptional student experience. Its focus on shared accountability is a reflection of the collective impact and responsibility all members of the campus community have with regard to the student experience.

Charter

All of our university community members are encouraged to sign the Student Experience Action Plan Charter to actively uphold our principles of connection, exploration, and challenge to support a positive, student-centered environment.