TRU offers students face-to-face, distance, and blended learning options; a broad range of program choices in trades training, professional certification and academics on-campus or through Open Learning; and applied experiences beyond the classroom like co-op, service learning, study abroad and undergraduate research.
- Sustainable regional offerings
- Enhanced seminar series, public lectures and colloquia across the university that engage campus, local and distance communities, including enhancement of the existing Cultural Events series
- Further development of community & university educational and cultural conferences, potentially including a province- or nation-wide undergraduate research conference
- TRU continued development of the use/acceptance of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
- Enhanced commitment to Service Learning within programs
- Enhanced library accessibility for lifelong and non-traditional learners
- The articulation of a university-wide, life-long learning plan embedded in a university-wide, life-long learning model
- The development of flexible delivery and blended delivery models for continuing education courses and programs
- New summer institute programs and summer camps programs for each of the 4 core Academic Themes identified in the Academic Plan
- New summer camps for older teens in all schools and faculties
- Programs for students who are in their indecisive gap year, between high school and university, including student exchange and Study Abroad programs
- New non-credit professional development offerings for working, retired, and underemployed students
- Increased course offerings in evening and weekend time slots
The Academic Plan in Action
Kate Strangway spent much of last summer in a field in the Kamloops community of Rayleigh, analyzing how well grazing goats kept down invasive weeds like knapweed and thistle.
Her fieldwork—quite literally, in this case—to find out how effective grazing animals are as an alternative to traditional, herbicide-based weed control methods was a project the fourth-year biology student proposed to TRU’s Undergraduate Research Experience Award Program (UREAP).
Out of the Comfort Zone
Community gatherings, a journal article, book chapters, and a children’s book—Dr. Wendy Hulko (Social Work) has been actively mobilizing the knowledge created from her research into culturally safe dementia care for First Nation Elders.
Research reaches a new audience through Twitter
Imagine you just distilled a semester’s worth of research, thought and insight into a great term paper.
You hand it in, your professor reads it, and you celebrate that ‘A’ you worked so hard for. Then what? Most likely, that paper goes in the recycle bin, or perhaps the digital abyss of your backup drive, never to be read again.
Where Education Meets the Internet
Researchers at TRU are collaborating with two local mining operations on unique environmental sustainability projects that benefit the university, community and industry. The arid grasslands at the New Afton mine site south of Kamloops are home to the tiny subjects of a wildlife conservation research project.
Unique Sustainability Projects With 2 Local Mines
Janice Yeung perhaps said it best at tonight’s (Thursday’s) annual City of Kamloops Distinguished Service Awards. The word Kamloops officially translates to “meeting of the waters,” she said in accepting her award, but it really means “meeting of great people.”
Student Janice Yeung Wins Kamloops Distinguished Service Award
Students of Thompson Rivers University’s school of nursing are educating their community about renal health on World Kidney Day. With a focus on disease prevention and awareness, community organizations will gather at a local mall with interactive displays that encourage the public to learn more about kidney health.
Nursing Students Promote Kidney Health
TRU student Larissa Pepper is the recipient of the Association for Co-operative Education Co-op Student of the Year Award for 2013. She is recognized for an outstanding level of achievement in co-op work experience, a strong academic record, and volunteer activities.
Larissa Pepper, ACE Co-op Student of the Year
Check out TRU's online study option for your MBA - it started September 2013.
The TRU MBA has been designed to meet the needs of students who can customize their learning experience with maximum flexibility and unparalleled choice. Study on-campus, online, or through a combination of either on a full-time or part-time basis.
Most flexible MBA program in Canada?
Brianna came to TRU with a Diploma in New Media Production and Design, as well as a Business Administration Diploma, both from SAIT. She transferred her credits and completed her Bachelor of Arts in General Studies in 2012. Currently, Brianna is employed at TRU as a web strategist.
"The unique thing about being a part of TRU and the BIS program was the flexibility and freedom to pick and choose from any of the disciplines offered through the University and even other schools around the world."
- Steven Wapple
Imagine a program that allows you to combine courses from adventure studies, psychology, social work, sociology, outdoor education and physical education – that is exactly what Steven Wapple did with his Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Program. Steven found the small class sizes created a tight-knit group and a strong sense of community.
Flexibility and Freedom
Research into ethical manufacturers and suppliers by the TRU Students’ Union (TRUSU) has TRU agreeing to join the Worker Rights Consortium.
Leif Douglass, TRUSU Vice President External said, “Joining the WRC is a practical way for TRU to use its purchasing power and political influence to address a very serious social issue, and make a real difference in peoples lives.”