Bridging the school to work transition

Bridging the school to work transition

Young people have a big stake in shaping our future and they have the ambition to do so. But we need to engage them, delve deeper into both their shared and individual experiences, and keep asking them the question – what is transitioning from school to work really like, what’s broken, and how could it be better?

Accessibility, accommodations, and student attitudes toward a barrier-free campus

Accessibility, accommodations, and student attitudes toward a barrier-free campus

Ask almost anyone if they value accessibility at their school, and you’ll hear a resounding “yes!” But not everyone comes at accessibility issues from the same perspective, and people can have widely differing opinions on whether their schools are doing a good job of making sure that students with disabilities have the most fulfilling postsecondary experience possible. 

Industry 4.0: accelerating evolution in employee capability and institutional agility

Industry 4.0: accelerating evolution in employee capability and institutional agility

The phrase "Industry 4.0" seems to keep popping up in trade publications, higher education news sources and in wider media circles. Conceptually this term denotes an increasingly connected and integrated world, harnessing big data, analytics, the internet of things, automation and new work patterns that seek to integrate human and automated processes in more flexible ways.

Four ways to enhance WIL, experiential learning for students with disabilities

Four ways to enhance WIL, experiential learning for students with disabilities

I believe one of the greatest successes of post-secondary education in Canada has been the increased access for students with disabilities. Within the last twenty years, there has been a dramatic and welcome increase in the number of students with disabilities who have been able to attain certificates, diplomas, and degrees, which are crucial mechanisms to access quality employment. 

Pathway programs: the interest is there, but is the awareness?

Pathway programs: the interest is there, but is the awareness?

Across Canada, universities and colleges are partnering to give students the opportunity to have a postsecondary education that includes experience from both types of institutions. Many of these arrangements go by different names—2+2 pathways, diploma-degree pathways, etc.—but what they all have in common is the opportunity they offer students to enjoy the unique benefits of both college and university through a clearly defined pathway. 

How deans and department heads are taking control of their enrolment destiny

How deans and department heads are taking control of their enrolment destiny

Not that long ago, students might have decided which institution to attend and then choose which program they wanted to study at that school. Now, though, students face mounting pressure to make the right choice when selecting a program, and in many cases, this will lead students to choose their program first and later decide which school has the best reputation in their program area.