Student Experience Strategic Plan
Student Experience Vision, Purpose, and Values
The Student Experience portfolio is currently undergoing a strategic planning process. We are pleased to share our draft Why (Vision), What (Purpose), and How (Values) statements:
The Western Student Experience inspires all learners to ignite extraordinary change in the world.
Support the whole learner's growth through programs, services and experiences that foster well-being, build connections and develop skills.
Showing genuine compassion.
Fostering an inclusive environment.
Being respectful of others.
Striving towards excellence.
Student Experience Outcomes
As a result of programs and services offered in the Student Experience Portfolio, Western students:
• Develop leadership skills through experiences, mentoring, and formal training.
• Acquire and apply a range of social, emotional, academic and workplace-relevant transferrable skills.
• Engage in experiential learning opportunities through co-curricular engagement, work integrated learning, entrepreneurship and community engaged learning that prepare them for future professional, academic and work endeavors.
• Access a more inclusive campus community that promotes cultural awareness and competencies among students, Indigenizes the institution, and removes barriers to student learning.
• Achieve well-being through active participation in a range of programs and services that promote healthy behaviours and support students in responding to challenges they experience.
• Are community engaged by actively building connections with members of Western, local and global communities.
• Identify and feel connected to the Western Mustangs community; students recognize that individual contributions to and membership within the Mustangs community contributes to both our individual and collective success.
• Western’s campus community is more aware of and able to work with Indigenous Peoples and Cultures.
• Indigenous Students are connected to the campus community.
• Indigenous Students see themselves reflected in the campus community.
• Indigenous Students have increased connection with their personal and cultural identity.
• Western University has close ties with surrounding indigenous communities.
• Indigenous students are supported through culturally responsive services.
• Indigenous Students develop leadership skills.
• Students, youth, faculty and staff are exposed to entrepreneurship.
• Students develop transferrable skills through hands-on experience.
• Western University is a hub for increased job creation through student and youth start-ups.
• Student entrepreneurs have access to more professional resources and services on campus.
• Student and youth start-ups have an increased survival rate.
• Western’s institutional climate supports and fosters entrepreneurship.
Coming soon. Outcomes Currently Under Development.
• Develop leadership skills by working effectively in teams, learning to support their peers, effectively managing conflicts, and building self-awareness by exploring their own strengths and talents.
• Achieve physical and mental wellness through engagement in healthy physical activity, nutrition, and sleep behaviours.
• Build and apply resiliency skills, including a positive outlook, ability to overcome challenges, coping skills, and learning about effective outlets to stress.
• Build self-management and goal setting skills, including the ability to set and achieve academic, personal and fitness / performance related goals while managing competing demands.
• Establish supportive community connections to peers, faculty, and staff including civic mindedness and desire to contribute to their respective communities in the future.
• Students have the skills, resources, and tools they need to succeed personally and academically.
• Western’s campus community supports student mental health.
• Western is an accessible campus community that supports diverse student needs.
• Students develop knowledge, leadership, and professional skills through volunteer and professional training.
• Western University is more Indigenized as an institution.
• Students develop, can identify and articulate a range of transferrable skills.
• Community and industry partners are able to access Western talent to contribute in meaningful ways to their organizations.
• Students have increased access to a range of outside-the-classroom opportunities.
• Students increase their ability to engage in career exploration, planning, and decision-making.
• Students enhance skills and experiences that equip them to be global leaders.
As a result of the work of the Wellness Centre, Western students:
• Have greater understanding of the connection between wellness and academic achievement.
• Develop skills and employ strategies to enhance their wellness.
• Know about supports on campus that foster Wellness and how to access them.
• Understand factors that contribute to their wellness.
• Have streamlined access to mental and physical health services on campus.