Development of the Graduate Profile Outcomes

Goal # 1 – Foster intentional and coordinated approaches to developing the Graduate Profile outcomes

Context

This goal aims to develop the Graduate Profile by promoting more intentional and coordinated approaches to developing its outcomes. The Graduate Profile builds on program competencies and is influenced by the way we teach and learn. High impact practices have been shown to develop these outcomes within the curriculum as well as providing other benefits to students, especially those with particular needs. Another avenue for developing the Graduate Profile outcomes is through special fields of study such as Women’s/Gender Studies and Peace Studies. These outcomes can also be developed through extra-curricular activities, a record of which constitutes the Recognition of Student Involvement.

While active learning can be done in any classroom, research shows that the benefits derived from this pedagogical approach are enhanced when it is undertaken in appropriately designed spaces. In the last four years, six classrooms have been redesigned to support the College’s commitment to active learning pedagogy. This experience has shown that the flexibility of classroom space combined with the ability to reconfigure classroom furnishings has a significant impact on student learning.

Strategies

  • Support the development of learning communities and other high-impact practices that span curricular and extra-curricular activities.
  • Support research-based approaches in teaching and learning.
  • Develop extra-curricular activities that support the Graduate Profile outcomes.
  • Provide adequate support for existing certificates of study.
  • Develop new fields of study or certificates that help students develop the Graduate Profile outcomes.
  • Promote student participation in extra-curricular activities.
  • Redesign learning spaces to promote student engagement and facilitate different types of interactive and collaborative learning.

Success Indicators

We will know we have achieved Goal 1 if, by 2021:

  • Learning communities and other high impact practices have been implemented in at least three pre-university programs and in at least three technical programs.
  • There are demonstrated gains in selected outcomes of the Graduate Profile for students in three pre-university programs and in three technical programs.
  • There is evidence that student success projects promote the development of the Graduate Profile outcomes.
  • There is evidence that extra-curricular activities promote the development of the Graduate Profile outcomes.
  • There is increased student participation in extra-curricular activities.
  • There is an increase in the number of learning spaces that promote student engagement and facilitate different types of interactive and collaborative learning.


Last Modified: March 21, 2017