Teaching and Learning Centre, Student Services and Student Learning Commons present:<br />Today’s SFU Students: A Conversa...
Who are SFU Students?<br />
The “Typical” SFU Student<br />Female, age 22<br />Is in Faculty of Arts and Social Science<br />Lives in Vancouver / Burn...
The “Typical” SFU Student<br />At least one parent has a bachelors degree or better<br />Is at SFU to ‘get a good job’<br ...
Faculty and Year of Study<br />22,000 Undergrads in Spring 2009<br /><ul><li>48% in Arts and Social Sciences
19% in Applied Science
14% in Science
14% in Business
4% in Education
2% in Health Science</li></ul>30% 1st year; the rest evenly divided between 2nd, 3rd, 4th year<br />Approx. 40% are transf...
Language / Ethnicity<br /><ul><li>15% international students; high percentage of new immigrants
57% speak English as their first language
40% primarily speak a language other than English at home
53% self-identify as a visible minority
2% indigenous/aboriginal</li></ul>STUDENT SERVICES <br />WE ARE DIVERSE!<br />
Ethnicity<br />ALL IN THE PIE<br />
What are they Seeking?<br /><ul><li>Over 85% of students at SFU cite “getting a job” as a key reason for coming to SFU.
99% of students in a 2010 Academic survey of over 200,000 post-secondary students in Canada chose either “career preparati...
They are choosing based upon reputation and increasingly this includes evidence of quality teaching.</li></ul>CAREER MENTA...
What are they Seeking? (cont’d)<br />They want flexibility in how and when they pursue their studies.<br />New Canadians a...
Workload<br /><ul><li>48% full-time students (24 or more credits/year)
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Today's SFU Students: A Conversation

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Presentation on student demographic trends at Simon Fraser University. Originally presented in November 2010 at conversation events co-hosted by the Teaching and Learning Centre, Student Services, and The Student Learning Commons.

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Today's SFU Students: A Conversation

  1. 1. Teaching and Learning Centre, Student Services and Student Learning Commons present:<br />Today’s SFU Students: A Conversation<br />WHO ARE OUR STUDENTS?<br />
  2. 2. Who are SFU Students?<br />
  3. 3. The “Typical” SFU Student<br />Female, age 22<br />Is in Faculty of Arts and Social Science<br />Lives in Vancouver / Burnaby with parents<br />Takes transit to campus, more than 30 minutes each way<br />Does not belong to a club, vote in student elections, or volunteer<br />A PROFILE<br />
  4. 4. The “Typical” SFU Student<br />At least one parent has a bachelors degree or better<br />Is at SFU to ‘get a good job’<br />Is taking longer than expected to complete a degree (5.5 years average non-coop)<br />Is generally happy with their academic experience and dissatisfied with their social experience at SFU<br />A PROFILE<br />
  5. 5. Faculty and Year of Study<br />22,000 Undergrads in Spring 2009<br /><ul><li>48% in Arts and Social Sciences
  6. 6. 19% in Applied Science
  7. 7. 14% in Science
  8. 8. 14% in Business
  9. 9. 4% in Education
  10. 10. 2% in Health Science</li></ul>30% 1st year; the rest evenly divided between 2nd, 3rd, 4th year<br />Approx. 40% are transfers from other institutions (typically colleges)<br />WHAT THEY STUDY<br />
  11. 11. Language / Ethnicity<br /><ul><li>15% international students; high percentage of new immigrants
  12. 12. 57% speak English as their first language
  13. 13. 40% primarily speak a language other than English at home
  14. 14. 53% self-identify as a visible minority
  15. 15. 2% indigenous/aboriginal</li></ul>STUDENT SERVICES <br />WE ARE DIVERSE!<br />
  16. 16. Ethnicity<br />ALL IN THE PIE<br />
  17. 17. What are they Seeking?<br /><ul><li>Over 85% of students at SFU cite “getting a job” as a key reason for coming to SFU.
  18. 18. 99% of students in a 2010 Academic survey of over 200,000 post-secondary students in Canada chose either “career preparation” or “career advancement” as a key reason for attending post-secondary.
  19. 19. They are choosing based upon reputation and increasingly this includes evidence of quality teaching.</li></ul>CAREER MENTALITY<br />
  20. 20. What are they Seeking? (cont’d)<br />They want flexibility in how and when they pursue their studies.<br />New Canadians are much more likely to want to commute to school while remaining living with their parents.<br />They want a variety of teaching experiences including international exchanges, co-op, etc. (80-90% of SFU respondents to the 2009 fall survey indicated an interest in experiential learning if they could receive credit towards their degree)<br />FLEXIBILITY and EXPERIENCE<br />
  21. 21. Workload<br /><ul><li>48% full-time students (24 or more credits/year)
  22. 22. Average credit load is ~10.5 in fall and spring semesters
  23. 23. 11% in co-op (varies widely across Faculties E.g. over 80% in FAS, <2% in FASS)
  24. 24. 61% employed while attending school</li></ul>WORK and MORE WORK<br />
  25. 25. Of those employed…<br /><ul><li>26% are working more than 20 hours per week
  26. 26. 76% say working that much has a negative influence on academic performance</li></ul>IMPACT OF WORKING<br />
  27. 27. Finances and Interruption of Studies<br />52% of SFU students have debt – average $21K<br />64% have interrupted their studies:<br />26% for employment<br />22% for travel<br />19% for financial reasons<br />NO $$, NO EDUCATION<br />
  28. 28. Volunteering<br />I’M TOO BUSY…<br />
  29. 29. Relationship Status<br /><ul><li>Relationship status
  30. 30. 48% Single
  31. 31. 31% in a relationship
  32. 32. 14% married or common law
  33. 33. 14% of SFU students have dependents</li></ul>IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE<br />
  34. 34. Sexual Orientation<br />
  35. 35. Top Health Issues<br />MY BACK HURTS and I’M DEPRESSED!<br />
  36. 36. Disabilities<br />North America<br />6% of students self-identified as having a disability that interfaces with their academic success<br />Only half, or 3%, seek services<br />At SFU<br />Just a little over 2% (compared to the 3% above) of our students seek services<br />Of the 6% students that registered with a disability, approx. 20% are LD, 20% mental health, and 25% physical<br />The single fastest growing group is autism spectrum disorder<br />
  37. 37. Academic Impacts<br />STRESSED OUT<br />
  38. 38. Stress/ Mental Health<br />SAD and SADDER<br />
  39. 39. It's not All Bad....<br />Approximately 71% are in GAS at the end of their first two terms<br />22% of present students have CGPAs of 3.5% or higher<br />13.3% have made the President’s or Dean’s Honour Roll<br />3.7% meet the criteria for Open Scholarship<br />
  40. 40. Questions for you - <br />so, what surprised you?…… and what does that mean with respect to teaching and learning? <br />YOUR TURN…<br />

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