Since 2007, the Xavier University Office of Student Affairs (XU-OSA) has pioneered edition after edition of the School Handbook to feature new content that could enhance a student’s academic life. To commemorate its 10th year of improving the student handbook, XU OSA will be releasing their ‘best innovation to date’ promising a thinner and lighter fusion of print and online resources in this year’s handbook.

XU-OSA teased the additions to this year’s edition through a series of photos posted on their Facebook page. It detailed four key features in this year’s edition that would enhance creativity and organization, provide a new avenue for interaction among the students, and introduce online accessibility to content.

“Students [should] expect more interesting contents such as refined University policies, journal entries [and] interactive activities,” Director of Student Affairs Ivanell Subrabas expressed.

New features in the handbook include activities that push students to show their creativity though art and to collaborate with peers to complete tasks. There are also journal sections in the handbook that would allow the user to write down thoughts or doodles.

Such new features give way to a student’s creativity which is exactly what the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) aims to achieve in their efforts to continuously improve the handbook.

“All throughout the handbook, students can jot down plans or things they have accomplished which will eventually become a good reference later on to look back and reflect on their year,” Subrabas shared.

Students can also access online content by scanning the QR codes that are found in the handbook. Subrabas further clarified that the contents on print and online are different. In order to access such features, one can scan the QR codes that are found in the handbook itself to view and/or download the content using a reader on a mobile device.

As a bit of a sneak peek, some of these new features can now be found on the official Xavier University website. These features include a daily and weekly planner, a ‘not-to-do list’, and a section on student services and formation units. Manage and prioritize task lists, and guidelines on the anti-sexual harassment act are also found in the latest edition.

This year’s innovation began with OSA’s Artistic Director Andrew Begafria’s idea of adding pages that would encourage personal growth. This was then expounded by Subrabas and a group of student leaders including Eunice Baliong, Edison Lacea, Allyssa Monece Damit, and Weldie Sten Salino to help develop its contents through meetings and brainstorming sessions since January 2017. An online survey was also conducted to get suggestions from students regarding improvements to the handbook.

From the textbook series back in 2007 down to this year’s Journal Series, this year’s edition dates the celebration for the School Handbook’s 10 years of innovation.

With regards to the delay of the School ID, Subrabas explained that this was an intentional move to allow the simultaneous release of the ID and the handbook.

“IDs were always released along with the Student Handbook. The Handbook is considered an important source of University guidelines and policies, and being able to appropriate one copy to each student matters a lot. So we needed to make sure that each student receives a copy, thus the decision to release the IDs and Handbooks together,” said Subrabas.

However, according to a post published by XU-OSA on its Facebook page, the ID will be available for claiming starting July 21. By July 24, students can claim both their ID and handbook. Presenting a blue form is the only prerequisite to claim both the ID and the handbook.

– Graphic by Lynette Tuvilla