SU View: It’s that time of year…

By Brittany Sargent

The end of the term is looming, stress is mounting, and deadlines are quickly approaching.

At this time of year, university students understandably experience high levels stress and anxiety. Thankfully, the Students’ Union understands how you feel, and wishes to provide you with a brief respite from the your hectic life!

Join us in the North Courtyard of MacEwan Student Centre Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for De-stress Days . We’ll hook you up with some tasty and healthy brain food to sustain you through a complimentary yoga class, and provide you with a free massage to help soothe and realign you mentally in preparation for finals. You won’t leave empty-handed either; magic bags and destress packs will be given to you when you come visit us.

At this time of year, it is also especially important to fill out Your Course Ratings (formerly known as USRIs, or Undergraduate Student Ratings Instruments). Submitting your course rating qualifies you in a draw to win awesome prizes like a $500 tuition credit and bookstore gift certificates worth $100. More importantly, however, providing feedback on your courses makes an impact on how the university rewards and encourages excellent teaching.

By contributing an evaluation, you are enabling the university to compile data about teaching that affects the promotion of professors. To put it simply, your opinion contributes to decisions made about teaching at U of C that have the potential to affect you in a tangible and positive way. When students do not fill out their course evaluations, statistics gathered on student satisfaction are invalid, and the opportunity for direct student perspective provided by course evaluations is lost. Submitting a course evaluation is a chance for you to be heard by administrators and faculty at the university, and provides them with feedback that can help U of C’s quality of instruction to constantly evolve and improve.

You can access course evaluations Nov. 16 to Dec. 9 through the My U of C portal. If you’re curious about exactly how your feedback impacts teaching at U of C, please feel free to approach a SU representative. We love to hear from students and will help you find the answers you’re seeking.

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