Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.38
Liaison Jennifer Martel
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of the Fraser Valley
IN-48: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
UFV Age-Friendly University

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

UFV's Centre for Education and Research on Ageing (CERA) members spearheaded an initiative to achieve Age-Friendly University (AFU) status. CERA was awarded a Strategic Imperatives Plan grant through the Provost’s office. This funding supported an audit of UFV’s age-friendliness in the spring of 2022.

We are proud to share that UFV is now the first Age-Friendly University (AFU) in British Columbia, joining eight existing AFU Canadian universities in this growing global network of academic institutions.

The principles underpinning AFUs are well supported by UFV's Integrated Strategic Plan and provide direction for growth and support of educational programming and scholarship with a focus on ageing.

The AFU designation and movement emerged from the World Health Organization call for global efforts to better needs of a growing older population and address the negative impacts of ageism. In response, Dublin City University initiated the AFU movement, developing 10 guiding principles to support university programming and policies designed to support intergenerational connections, ageing research and scholarship, and lifelong learning.

There are currently AFUs across Britain, Europe, the US, and Canada. The first Canadian AFU was the University of Manitoba.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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