SFU: What’s Next? Phase 2 results now available

November 01, 2022

SFU: What’s Next? is a cross-university collaboration to collectively express SFU’s vision, purpose, values and priorities. The final plan will help align efforts across the university.

From May to October, the SFU: What's Next? team hosted conversations across a number of communities, from faculty and staff to students to alumni and external advisors. Read the key themes and findings from dozens of round table conversations and input from over 1,000 students in the latest reports.

Student engagement process and findings

Throughout the first month of the fall term, SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue led a by-students, for-students engagement process that saw more than 1,000 students share feedback on what should come next for SFU.

The team engaged directly with students during in-person activations at Convocation Mall and campus events including Week of Welcome and Clubs Days, and distributed a survey broadly through direct emails and outreach to student groups and organizations.

Student respondents were asked to rate and share ideas to improve educational quality, the student experience and the quality of campuses and facilities. The survey also examined the degree of student influence and student visions for the university’s future.

Phase two analysis and findings

Phase two of the SFU: What’s Next? community conversations involved the project team facilitating smaller round table discussions, virtually and in-person, with approximately 500 total participants representing faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners.

Research assistants Catherine Jeffery, Elina Jin and Stan Hetalo analyzed over 113 pages of notes from these sessions. During that time, the session notes were coded inductively to identify themes and ideas that surfaced.

Several topics arose repeatedly, including improving SFU’s reputation and rank, how community engagement could be advanced to further Reconciliation and address the climate crisis, and expanding education for a diverse student population.

Conversation continues this fall

The next step in the engagement process is to share a draft framework. Faculty, staff and students are invited to register and share feedback with the president and provost through town halls on: