The annual Student Budget Consultation is a critical part of how the Student Caucus works to ensure students have a voice in shaping our university.
Like most things in life, making change at TRU requires resources, and that requires being a part of the budget process. Each year, your budget priorities and service expectations are gathered through a two-stage consultation. A comprehensive survey records your opinions of and priorities from a wide range of your experiences, and a Town Hall let us ask you about key priorities in depth.
These priorities are compiled in a Report on the Student Budget Consultation and presented to university administration. The administration reviews the recommendations and distributes them to the responsible departments. Those departments must consider those recommendations when developing their annual budget requests and service plans. That means that your concerns are built into budget development – right from the start!
The following chart represents the recommendations made by students in the 2019/20 Student Budget Consultation and the progress that has been made in addressing these recommendations by Thompson Rivers University.
|Parking & Transportation||Response Status|
|1. Adopt a consultative approach to campus commuting to constructively realign needs, realities, expectations, and possibilities, including any response to the following recommendations;|
|2. Improve monitoring and public reporting on the implementation of the Sustainable Parking Framework and pricing rates and structures in terms of the effect on total single-occupancy vehicle use, demand management, and shifts to use of alternative transportation options;|
|3. Investigate pricing rate, structure, and augmentation options that improve demand management, are more flexible to needs and use, and are sensitive to affordability and fairness;|
|4. Actively promote and publicly report on the use of the 20% discount on passes for those living outside the transit service area;|
|5. Expand efforts, in coordination with campus stakeholders, to work with the City of Kamloops and BC Transit to improve service and infrastructure connecting campus by transit, cycling, and walking; and|
|6. Continue to promote and incentivize the Rideshare and Zip Car to achieve target utilization|
|Food Services||Response Status|
1. Expand the permitting of food trucks on campus to provide greater availability and greater variety; and
|2. Carry out the pending full and meaningful campus consultation to shape any new or renewed campus food service contract(s) and implement resulting recommendations|
|Study Space||Response Status|
|1. Establish space usage intentions and related space management practices, particularly for designated quiet study space;|
|2. Consider interim renovations of existing study space to better reflect students’ need, such as electrical outlets, natural light, improved seating, etc.;|
|3. Ensure future development of study space in classroom buildings reflects students’ needs; and|
|4. Continue to consult students in the planning of a ‘collegium’ as part of the 5-Year Capital Plan to ensure it meets needs at the time of development|
|Academic Advising||Response Status|
|1. Ensure the full implementation of Degree Works, including use by students, for all programs by the Fall 2020 semester or earlier; and|
|2. Ensure, through the Service Excellence Initiative or otherwise, that all advising staff are provided appropriate working conditions, training, support, and community of practice to maintain consistent service standards.|
|Course Materials||Response Status|
|1. Expand and make permanent the Open Educational Resource Development Grants Program as demonstrated by demand; and|
|2. Complete the environmental scan of current practices related to University ‘textbook on reserve’ programs, and develop an informed plan to implement such practices as deemed feasible and effective|
|3. FOR INSTRUCTORS: Identify open educational resources applicable to a course, and create, adapt, and supplement such resources as necessary, making use of supports available through the Library and other departments;||Not applicable|
|4. FOR INSTRUCTORS: Identify and adopt other low and no cost course materials applicable to a course, including but not limited to course packs, book chapters, and journal articles, making use of supports available through the Library;||Not applicable|
|5. FOR INSTRUCTORS: Make effective use and reuse of any commercial course material to maximize the value to students; and||Not applicable|
|6. FOR INSTRUCTORS: Place copies of any commercial course material in the Library reserve system for those students who cannot afford to purchase a copy||Not applicable|
Prior Year Recommendations
|Declined to Address||Partially Addressed/
|Addressed in Full/
To review previous years Reports on the Student Budget Consultation, click on the thumbnails below: