Administrators should prioritize “university experience” for students: Opinion

After several years of remote learning, Blake Lee-Whiting and Thomas Bergeron argue that universities need to prioritize providing a dedicated “university experience” for students. Through a recent survey, Whiting and Bergeron found that students missed attending in-person classes, as well as social activities such as socializing at school, studying at the library, engaging in group study sessions, and participating in campus clubs and organizations. The authors emphasize the mental health impact isolation has had on students and the positive impact socializing can have on stress levels and performance at university. They provide three suggestions for administrators: increase the opportunities for students to socialize, improve and increase on-campus study spaces, and provide greater support for student clubs and organizations. The Conversation Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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