Universities
Helping Campus Partners Demonstrate the Value of Exceptional College Experiences
Barry Telford
Barry Telford

CEO, Universities West,
Sodexo North America
President, Sodexo Canada

From the kitchen table to the political stage, the ever-increasing cost to attend college has become a hot topic of discussion. As costs have risen, students have taken on more and more student loan debt and other forms of financial liability to finance their education. Adding to the apprehension, many of these students face an uncertain job market after graduation, making it difficult to manage living expenses and student loan payments. (more…)

Universities
University Presidents Share Perspectives on Student Success
Barry Telford
Barry Telford

CEO, Universities West,
Sodexo North America
President, Sodexo Canada

The 2016-2017 edition of President to President, titled “Integrated Approaches to Student Living and Campus Housing—Enhancing Quality of Life and Performance,” focused on issues, trends and opportunities related to campus life. University presidents from around the country shared their views and experiences on the relationship between life on campus and student success, comfort, and performance. Key takeaways included the importance of student living, diversity and inclusion on campus, safety & security, student retention and fostering resiliency. (more…)

Universities
Promoting Physical Safety Programs and Education on College Campuses
Barry Telford
Barry Telford

CEO, Universities West,
Sodexo North America
President, Sodexo Canada

Often a stepping stone from childhood to young adulthood, college acts as a safe environment in which students can explore life beyond high school before entering the workforce. As these students anticipate a taste of independence, many of their parents face the confusion and discomfort associated with preparing their child for the next phase of their life. The college experience, albeit one of the most transformative experiences for young adults, can be a scary and intimidating journey for parents as they consider their students’ safety on campus. Our job is to build an environment which not only creates convenience for parents and students but also serves as a safe, comfortable place for students to learn and grow. (more…)

Universities
Beyond the Books: Creating a Campus Community
Barry Telford
Barry Telford

CEO, Universities West,
Sodexo North America
President, Sodexo Canada

For students, the college experience is a pivotal time of growth. Not only are these individuals learning new concepts and theories through their studies, many are also taking that first initial jump from childhood to adulthood as they navigate life with an increased sense of independence. Whether these students live on campus or commute from home, their experience at college shapes their first impression of life beyond the books. Because of this, providing the foundation for a robust campus community not only enhances the student experience but improves students’ quality of life.  (more…)

Universities
How to Enhance the College Experience for International Students
Barry Telford
Barry Telford

CEO, Universities West,
Sodexo North America
President, Sodexo Canada

International students bring to American college campuses a sense of inclusiveness and diversity. In return, U.S. students expose their international counterparts to American customs including the ability to practice freedom of speech. In both cases, this mutually beneficial alliance formed among American students and those from abroad fortifies the campus community by and large. (more…)

Universities
Three Ways to Lessen the Impact of Mental Illness on College Students
Barry Telford
Barry Telford

CEO, Universities West,
Sodexo North America
President, Sodexo Canada

The transition from high school to college, for many, is both a daunting and exciting journey. As parents, we view this opportunity as a means to a beginning – encouraging our children to discover self-sufficiency without expecting them to be fully independent. Surprisingly, 2016 statistics show a steady increase in mental illness among college students, a derivative of this newfound independence and the pressure that comes with it. Knowing the signs and following the advice outlined by professionals in the field sets the foundation for beating mental illness among college students. (more…)

Universities
Helping Students Overcome Personal Obstacles to Academic Success
Barry Telford
Barry Telford

CEO, Universities West,
Sodexo North America
President, Sodexo Canada

College can be a stressful time for many students. They often face greater demands, expectations and workloads than in high school. It is also the first time many have been on their own and away from familiar support networks such as friends, family and their local community. The stress of a new environment, lack of familiarity and heightened academic demands can take its toll on a student’s well-being and potentially have a significant impact on their performance and ability to succeed. The transition can be even more challenging for students who must deal with issues that go beyond academics – issues that can have a significant impact on their overall achievement. (more…)

Universities
President2President: Next-Gen Campus Housing Built for Living-Learning Communities
Barry Telford
Barry Telford

CEO, Universities West,
Sodexo North America
President, Sodexo Canada

A new generation is getting ready to enter the hallowed halls of higher education and in addition to bringing their devices to campus, they will also arrive with a new set of expectations on how they want to live, learn and experience college. This is the first year Generation Z students will be graduating from high school and descending on college and university campuses across the country—in record numbers, in fact—bringing their unique learning styles along with them. If academia plans to recruit, retain and engage these students, they will be up against some new challenges that will ultimately yield exciting opportunities for the future of educational institutions.

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Universities
Bring on the Artisan Pickles: How Generation Z’s Preferences are Changing Campus Dining
Barry Telford
Barry Telford

CEO, Universities West,
Sodexo North America
President, Sodexo Canada

This is the third blog in an ongoing series examining how colleges and universities can understand and address the expectations of Generation Z college students. We’ll explore some of the most significant issues, including academic interests, housing expectations, ideological tendencies, dining preferences, and spending habits. The goal is to provide valuable insights that can help guide campus decision-makers in creating an environment that supports student success, well-being, satisfaction, and achievement. 

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Inclusion
Moving Business Forward Requires Not Looking Back on the Past
Barry Telford
Barry Telford

CEO, Universities West,
Sodexo North America
President, Sodexo Canada

What’s past is NOT prologue, according to Jean Paul Gladu, President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. In his presentation during Sodexo’s inaugural Quality of Life Conference, he said that to make progress, “…government and industry should stop worrying about the past and look more deeply at their future. I think we spend too much time looking behind us and we’re not focusing, or at least looking ahead at what opportunities lay in front of us.”

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