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President and Vice-Chancellor Asima Vezina speaking with students and staff at the September Board mixer
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Algoma University Board of Governors meeting focuses on student experience

Record number of faculty members being hired

(BRAMPTON/SAULT STE. MARIE/ TIMMINS, ON – Nov. 30, 2023): Algoma University’s Board of Governors is gathering for its regular meeting in Sault Ste. Marie Thursday, where there will be a focus on investing in students — including hiring a record number of full-time tenure track and faculty positions to maintain a personalized learning environment.

“We are committed to maintaining what makes Algoma University unique — including small classes where every student benefits from a personalized learning environment,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Asima Vezina.

“Our vision — leading meaningful change for generations to come — means Algoma University develops leaders. We don’t just prepare our students for the future; we prepare them to change it. Giving our students the tools they’ll need to have an impact on communities really starts by giving them a life-changing experience at Algoma University.”

Even during a period of growth, Algoma University has maintained an undergraduate class size this year of just 33 students in first-year and second-year classes, 25 students in third-year classes, and 14 students in fourth-year classes.

To continue to support Algoma U’s unique, intimate small-class learning experience, the University is in the process of hiring over 40 more high-quality full-time, permanent tenure-track faculty members, in addition to hiring more lecturers every semester and growing the staff team.

Vezina said investing in students also means continuing to invest in supports for healthy, comfortable living. That includes planned growth for the Sault Ste. Marie campus’ food pantry and plans to establish a Brampton food pantry, housing expansions, the continued availability of the Emergency Relief Fund for students and ongoing investments into free in-person and remote mental health counselling options.

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