Initiative principles and process

While the eight key areas of the SEI cover everything from making physical spaces more vibrant, to nurturing a healthier campus community, the initiative follows a common process and set of principles.

Initiative design principles

  1. Student participation in design, development, implementation, and evaluation of the projects is essential

    Students are involved in all aspects of the Initiative.

  2. Focus will be on known friction points and game-changers

    Students have identified areas of concern. Selected projects will address solutions to these areas of concern.

  3. Projects will be supported on all three campuses

    Student experience is unique at each of our campuses. Selected projects will address the uniqueness of each campus.

  4. We will work from our strengths and seek leveraging opportunities wherever possible

    There are a lot of great things already happening at SFU. We will leverage existing opportunities and expertise through collaboration and collective implementation when possible.

  5. Projects will reflect the sfu context by being data-informed and evidence-based wherever possible

    Direction-setting for projects will be guided by research literature and best practice applied to a data-informed understanding of the local SFU context.

  6. Projects are encouraged from the curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular environments

    The curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular opportunities all impact student experience. Thus, action is required in all three environments.

  7. Outcomes will be articulated, monitored and reported out

    Project management processes will be implemented to track and evaluate the impact of projects.

  8. Sustainability is essential

    SEI funding is one-time funding. Projects will need to provide a plan for sustaining positive student experience beyond SEI funding.


Initiative process

We are approaching this initiative in four phases:

Phase 1 | Gather information and develop a framework of key areas for action

  • Review relevant literature
  • Review existing SFU student surveys data and feedback
  • Consult with community
  • Review what other institutions are doing
  • Identify broad key action areas with the highest potential impact based on information gathered

Phase 2 | Set up working groups to take the lead in each broad key area

  • Gather ideas for enhancement in key areas and spotlight signature events
  • Working groups identify multiple projects to implement

Phase 3 | Implementation

  • Support projects with high potential for impact and sustainaibility
  • Working groups monitors implementation
  • Evaluate impact of SEI projects developmentally

Phase 4 | Impact evaluation

  • Evaluate overall impact as projects conclude
  • Evaluate overall impact of the Student Experience Initiative
  • Explore possibilities and make recommendations for sustainability post SEI support