Students often think about the reputation or ranking of a university, the post-graduation employment statistics and the cost of tuition before settling on their ideal post-secondary institution —especially if they plan to study overseas.
What’s often not considered is the university’s core values, or their mandate. One such value to consider is the quality of instruction received and the sense of belonging a student feels on campus.
There’s a long history of teaching excellence at Mount Royal University; an institution known for its focus on teaching and learning. Their motto is Quam bene non quantum: Latin for “how well, not how much.”
Mount Royal faculty are highly rated by students who describe their professors as knowledgeable, inspiring and engaging. An average class size of thirty students ensures that faculty get to know each student, while students get to know them, ensuring students can be both challenged academically and supported to succeed.
Mount Royal consistently ranks among the very best Canadian universities in terms of student satisfaction, driven by the quality of teaching and the overall academic experience. It’s a commitment made to every student.
“Since Mount Royal’s inception more than 100 years ago, there has been an enduring commitment to teaching and learning,” says Jim Zimmer, PhD, Associate Vice-President of Teaching and Learning. “It’s in our DNA and is foundational to our mandate as an undergraduate university. It’s imperative that the commitment to teaching excellence and innovation be sustained, that we build on our successes and continue to enhance our work in this area.”
Data concerning student perceptions of teaching and learning at MRU is regularly collected through national surveys that compare data across the country.
“You can see in that data that students think very highly of the instruction they are receiving,” says Zimmer.
A 2017 survey reported that Mount Royal students have an unusually high perception of their professors, with 98 percent saying that instructors seem knowledgeable in their fields, 87 percent saying they are intellectually-stimulating in their teaching and 95 percent saying they treat students as individuals, rather than a number.
The survey results go beyond students’ satisfaction with the teaching they receive, Zimmer says. Responses suggest that Mount Royal students rate their development of intellectual capacities such as writing, information research and analytical thinking quite highly, and that they frequently engage in high-impact learning experiences such as community service learning.
That experience is topped-off with a sense of belonging. MRU students consistently describe the learning community as inclusive and supportive. This can be especially important for international students who are looking to improve language skills, get good grades and meet new friends.
Mount Royal’s International Student Support Centre (ISSC) provides a vibrant space for students from all backgrounds to meet other MRU students and learners on exchange. The ISSC is staffed by student leaders and volunteers who can provide information, support and peer-driven programs that connect international and Canadian students. The ISSC team plans and creates opportunities for students to participate in fun social and cultural activities, providing a space for students to gather and practice language, study, meet new people and learn from each other.
Jennifer Boman, PhD and member of the Academic Development Centre’s faculty development team, says teaching is a craft the entire campus helps facilitate.
“What makes MRU different is the passion that everyone ―students, staff, faculty, administrators ― has for teaching and learning,” she says. “Everyone is committed to making MRU a place where an exceptional teaching and learning experience is at the centre.”
To uncover how you too can learn from those who practice what they teach, get in touch today with Mount Royal University.