The University of the Fraser Valley will invest $1.5 million to support new initiatives in teaching and learning. UFV is well placed to embrace the latest knowledge and technological advancements in the development of leading-edge and inclusive teaching and learning strategies that will benefit all students and, in turn, enrich our economies and communities.
“We take great pride in our reputation for quality undergraduate education built on small classes, engaged, creative and student-focused faculty, and a full range of student services that support classroom study and first-hand experiences,” said UFV President Mark Evered. “It is on this foundation that we build for the future.”
The money will be used to establish a learning innovation fund to support faculty and staff in the creation, implementation and evaluation of new teaching and learning approaches, and to support the renovation and equipping of facilities that support this vital work.
“The learning and teaching environment is changing rapidly due to technological development and our increased understanding of the way people learn,” noted Eric Davis, UFV Provost and Vice-President, Academic. “This investment will help our faculty wishing to employ even more progressive and exciting ways of teaching, to do so. Ultimately — and the research on teaching and learning demonstrates this — it will result in greater student learning and engagement.”
The funding for this vital work comes from better-than-expected year-end funds, largely due to increased international student enrolment. The University believes that the best use of this dividend is investment in what UFV is best known for: quality education and service that ensure student success.