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.
Going forward, it is essential that we see career development as an integral part of the academic mission of PSE. The most important challenge now is to develop the theoretical and pedagogical framework to guide institutional strategy and program development within this new paradigm.
As online course delivery continues to grow, these positions are becoming more common, and the occasional email to people around the academy is becoming a less reliable way of finding someone in time to run the course.
What makes for a fulfilling workplace? It all starts with feeling as though you’re having an impact, that you’re making a difference at your institution. But is it really possible to create a space where everyone—regardless of their experience, seniority, or skill set—feels like they’re making a difference?
New school. New city. New structure.
It can all feel so daunting. Especially if you're 18 years old, not really sure what program you should be in and unprepared for the demands of what your new post-secondary education reality truly is.
Do your school's entrance scholarships have any actual effect on students' enrolment choices? Ask around and you'll find many PSE professionals who aren't sure about how to answer this. And when you ask them whether they'd be willing to claw back or redistribute these awards in any way, you'll often see hesitation in their faces.
Every day, more students are hearing about how they will likely have many careers in their lifetime that span multiple sectors. Those who enter college or university expecting to train for a specific career, and then be in that career for the rest of their working lives, are part of a shrinking minority.
What capability do all our graduates need if they're going to engage effectively with innovation in the workplace? Can elements of this capability be adapted to enhance their roles as community members and global citizens as well?
Proponents of on-campus student housing have new evidence to demonstrate the benefits of living on campus in a student’s first year. That’s because a recent pilot project by five Canadian universities has shown that living in residence has a clear positive impact for students’ first-year-GPA, retention to second year, and persistence to graduation.
“Trust me. I know what kids care about these days.”
Melissa felt her stomach drop. As a marketing professional working at a higher ed institution, she dreaded hearing these words from her colleague.
We know that many students today are uncertain about what career prospects await them after graduation, yet how many of us tend to think of career preparation as a mental health issue?
Canadian PSE has seen a surge in interest toward work-integrated learning in recent years, with employers, governments, and institutional stakeholders touting the many benefits that this real-world, hands-on learning can provide. Some have even called for WIL to become a universal and mandatory part of all PSE.