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Holistic and Personalized Student Experience

Explore our three theme areas to develop support holistic and personalized learning experiences

The beginning of the post-secondary student journey should foster curiosity and inspiration. We plan to explore opportunities to enhance the first-year student experience to spark ideas across all disciplines, build confidence and resilience, and develop strong academic skills.

Objective (1): Implement opportunities for first year students to engage in small group learning experiences, high impact learning practices and interdisciplinary learning to foster curiosity and possibility.

We recognize that the combination of academics, extracurricular activities and social connections may impact a student’s ability to excel at McMaster. As such, we must consider all of these criteria when supporting student learning.

Objective (1): Identify structures in which students can represent their whole experience. (academic, extracurricular).

Objective (2): Remove barriers and promote flexibility and choice for students upon entry into programs and throughout program progression allowing a personalized educational experience.

Our learning community should foster a sense of belonging, dignity, and safety. We must also acknowledge how equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, safety and student wellness impact the student experience.

Objective (1): Expand adoption and continually enhance teaching development opportunities for educators around student mental health, inclusion, accessibility and safety needs (e.g., course design, compassionate response to student needs).

Objective (2): Reimagine the complete picture of “campus life” with consideration for the student as well their families, communities and virtual lives.


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