Press Release: Students Supportive of Ontario’s Investment in Campus Mental Health

McMaster University is home to a diverse group of students with various dietary restrictions. The University’s Hospitality Services offer kosher, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and halal options to accommodate the diverse community’s dietary needs.
Dietary needs are met by the standards set by the University’s Hospitality Services as a result of a project run by the McMaster Student Union’s Diversity Services in collaboration with the Mac Veggie Club. Last year, the two worked together with the campus Rabbi in order to provide clarification on Hospitality Services’ menus. They advoca …read more

Teaching assistants play a critical role in undergraduate education. When it comes to face-to-face time in the classroom, the vast majority of undergraduates have a large degree of interaction with their teaching assistants. The role of a TA varies for each course: while some TAs only mark essays and tests, many TAs take play active roles in leading tutorials or laboratory sessions. Although the amount of face-to-face time with faculty instructors is important, undergraduate students also highly value the relationships they build with their teaching assistants (as a mentor, learning aide, and …read more

As students face rising tuition, exorbitantly expensive textbooks, and additional compulsory fees that somehow keep sneaking past provincial regulations, the quality of the student experience has become ever more pertinent. With such a steep price of entry (on average, tuition and fees compose the majority of Ontario universities’ operating budgets) students are looking closely at the quality of what they’re buying.
This week, OUSA is releasing “Those Who Can, Teach,” our report on teaching quality and learning in Ontario universities (read it by clicking here). The report covers a num …read more

TORONTO,  January 21, 2014 – The Ontario Undergraduate Alliance (OUSA) is proud to announce the release of “Those Who Can, Teach; Evaluating Teaching and Learning Strategies in Ontario’s Universities”, a submission exploring pedagogy and instruction methods within Ontario’s universities. The submission calls on the provincial government and universities to better prioritize teaching quality, and provides nineteen targeted recommendations to improve the caliber of education in universities.
One specific concern addressed in the submission is that of changing faculty complement- s …read more