The International Town & Gown Association Newsletter
August 23, 2017
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Innovative Presidents Finding Ways to Use Social Media for Student Engagement
A new report that examines how college presidents interact with students shares how the most innovative leaders have gone beyond the standard fare to embrace social and digital mechanisms. What's most interesting are the recaps of the innovative ways individual presidents reach out. For example, Beverly Hogan, president of Tougaloo College, and Austin Lane, president of Texas Southern University, both have online portals to collect student complaints. President Judy Sakaki of Sonoma State University has a request form where students can coordinate a "walk and talk." The president at Texas State University, Denise Trauth, has developed a webpage designed specifically for student engagement including dates and times she can meet with students one-on-one. The report also offers recommendations to expand outreach to students. Campus Technology
Survey of International Students in Canada
Sixty percent of international students in Canada want to apply for permanent residency in the country, according to a nationwide survey of international students conducted by the Canadian Bureau for International Education. About 14,000 students responded to the survey, which garnered a 17 percent response rate. Among the findings, 29 percent of students said they had applied to institutions outside of Canada. Of these students, more than half (54 percent) applied to study in the U.S., 22 percent in the U.K. and 15 percent in Australia. The top three reasons that students gave for studying in Canada were the reputation of the educational system, Canada's reputation as a nondiscriminatory and tolerant society, and Canada's reputation as a safe destination. Inside Higher Ed
Going to War with Fraternities
Threats by four West Virginia University fraternities to separate from the institution and operate independently have prompted President E. Gordon Gee to publicly urge students and parents to avoid the chapters. The schism between university officials and the fraternities became apparent earlier this month, following the announcement of stricter rules around Greek life. Most significantly, Gee deferred the first-year student rush process until the spring semester. Gee, one of the country's most prominent and seasoned university presidents, emailed parents on Sunday informing them about the fraternities' intentions. Gee has also scheduled a meeting with representatives of the North-American Interfraternity Conference "to reconcile differences." Inside Higher Ed
Oberlin College to Begin 'Good Neighbor' Service Plan for Students
Students at Oberlin College will learn what it means to be a "good neighbor" to the Oberlin business community in a series of service endeavors the college developed to better integrate students into the Lorain County college town. The college will encourage, and in some cases require, student participation in three initiatives. The first, set for 10am to 2 pm Aug 27, encourages new students to shop local. Students who provide receipts from local businesses will be able to enter a drawing to win gift cards from Oberlin businesses. The collage also designed a new orientation program "Community 101: An Obie's Guide to Being a Good Neighbor." This is a required student event that brings together city partners. The last event scheduled by the college, set for Sept. 1, is community service oriented and takes the incoming Oberlin class into Cleveland for a day of service, exploration and fun. The Chronicle
TRU Plans to Ban Legal Cannabis on Campus
Earlier this week, it was revealed Thompson Rivers University has drafted a policy regarding the use of recreational cannabis on campus. That policy has now been posted to allow for review and feedback from members of the TRU community. The policy will effectively ban the use of recreational cannabis on the grounds of the university. A spokesperson for TRU, Darshan Lindsay, says the policy is remaining the same despite the fact using cannabis for recreational purposes will be legal across Canada come October 17th. Some early feedback the university has received has asked how recreational cannabis will differ from alcohol use on campus. Lindsay says the university's position is that the use of alcohol is limited to one small area of campus, while recreational cannabis would be much harder to control. CFJC Today
BGSU President, Mayor Plan East Side Walk
The leaders of the city and university will walk the neighborhood on the east side of town on Friday. At Monday's meeting, Bowling Green City Council heard that for the seventh year in a row, Mayor Richard Edwards and Bowling Green State University President Rodney Rogers will meet residents and distribute a letter discussing what it takes to be a good neighbor. Rogers, in a statement, said the walk shows the bond between the city and university. "BGSU students are valued residents of Bowling Green. Our walk to visit students living-off campus is not just an example of the strong partnership between BGSU and the City of Bowling Green, but a great opportunity to build community and welcome them to a new academic year." Sentinel-Tribune
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