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A snapshot of student life, academics and mental health at VIU

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on April 28, 2022 - 10:50am

In November 2021, VIU launched its first Student Success Survey, which asked students about their experiences and motivations while attending VIU. The results are being distributed to all VIU faculties to be used for planning purposes. VIU values student feedback and the survey team would like to thank all students who took the time to participate.

Here are some of the highlights from the survey:

Who was surveyed and what were the response rates?

All current VIU students in November 2021 were invited to complete the survey and 42% of students responded.

In Videos: VIU Academic and Career Preparation programs provide foundation for success

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on April 26, 2022 - 1:03pm

Whether you are missing prerequisites, want to finish high school or need to prepare for success in an academic program, VIU's Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation (ACP) has many programs to help you come back to school and get started on a path that helps you get where you want to go.

The programs are designed to offer a starting point that is right for all types of learners. Students receive dedicated attention and support from instructors who care about their success, gaining confidence and know-how along the way.

Revamped Hospital Unit Coordinator program returns to VIU after two-year hiatus

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on April 4, 2022 - 12:26pm

A newly revamped Hospital Unit Coordinator (HUC) program at Vancouver Island University (VIU) is proving to be a success, as the first cohort of students to come through the program in two years prepare to graduate this spring.

The program, formerly a six-month, part-time program was paused at the onset of COVID-19, due to challenges associated with conducting it solely online.

Working as a post-doctoral fellow at VIU

Submitted by Rachel Stern on March 30, 2022 - 1:11pm

Dr. Karissa Patton’s journey as a historian of gender, health and activism began as an undergrad student when she learned that contraception was criminalized in Canada and other countries in the past.

“I was a young woman and I just took for granted that I had access to birth control,” says Karissa. “I wanted to learn more about activism around birth control and reproductive rights.”