Langara continues to find new ways to support learner success both in and

Langara continues to find new ways to support learner

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Langara continues to find new ways to support learner success, both in and outside the classroom. Due to the importance of building awareness of the available support services, we have increased our student orientation activities by more than 50%. Recognizing that supporting student success is more than just connecting them to services, the College has also focused on expanding our range of student development
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Langara College Accountability Plan and Report 20128opportunities. Through the support of the Student Engagement Centre, the number of student clubs and volunteer opportunities for students continues to grow. This past year we also offered a full day leadership training conference exclusively for Langara students. The College has added specialized resources for assisting students who are displaying concerning behaviour. This includes the creation of an Office for Student Conduct and Judicial Affairs to provide greater attention and expertise in this important and emergent area. This office works with students and the campus community to support and maintain a quality learning environment for all. Langara has also established a formal multidisciplinary Behavioural Intervention Team that identifies, assesses and monitors students displaying disruptive or concerning behaviours. The past year has also seen the creation of a Learning Commons located in the Library. The Learning Commons features expanded and enriched work spaces and study rooms for both group and individual use, as well as technologically enhanced work stations. Tutoring and learner support for a number of academic departments have been integrated into the same space. In addition, the Library has developed a long term strategic plan relative to the future needs of the college. The plan includes goals related to Library content, expertise, internal and community relationships, organizational effectiveness and the creation of innovative environments for learners. Langara remains committed to developing the facilities required to support the growth and improvement of the institution and continue providing an excellent learning environment for our students. To this end, we will continue to actively pursue the Langara College Facilities Master Plan, which includes both new and repurposed academic buildings. A facilities audit of College buildings has identified many components of our main academic building (Building A), including laboratory facilities and equipment, as beyond their useful service life and in need of replacement. To ensure that our students have the space and equipment to support optimum learning, Langara is self-funding phase 2 of the Master Plan: the construction of a new Sciences and Technology building, expected to be complete by Fall 2015. Langara is also developing business cases for Ministry funding of phase 3: the construction of a Creative Arts expansion to the existing Building B, and the much-needed remediation of Building A, including seismic and energy efficiency upgrading.
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