Affordability and Accessiblity
The dual themes of affordability and accessibility emerge naturally from Ottawa University’s history, mission, and values. As we set strategic priorities for the coming years, we are called to redefine affordability by balancing the costs we impose with the educational value we provide, to fulfill our promise to prepare students for lives of “personal significance” and “vocational fulfillment.” At the same time, we must reaffirm our commitment to accessibility in higher education, responding to early twenty-first century realities like discrimination and income inequality.
This group is focused on:
- How might we better understand and address the evolving needs of our students and their families, improve our students’ academic success and cocurricular experiences, reduce social and financial barriers, embrace diversity, foster inclusion, and contribute to the public good?
- How do we ensure that all students—across the institution—have equitable access to career development, writing support, full-time faculty presence, library resources, tutoring, and mentoring?
- Create a more sustainable budget
- Create and strengthen academic support programs alongside instruction
- Increase the value of students' experience
- Embrace diversity and practice inclusion
- Reduce barriers students and their families face (i.e. financial barriers)