Graduate Profile and Student Success 2010-2015

Student success and you

Being a successful student means passing your courses and staying in your program of study until you have graduated.

But success means more than getting good grades and a diploma. It means taking responsibility for your own learning, developing your personal skills, pursuing new challenges, and working to improve areas where you are not as strong.

Your time at Dawson will last only a few short years. Each program at Dawson is designed to provide you with tools to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes that you will need for the rest of your life, in your studies, in your work, and as a citizen.

Dawson is committed to delivering high-quality programs and services. We work continuously to improve programs and we consult universities and employers to make sure that what you are learning is up-to-date and meets their expectations.

To create a stimulating learning environment that will keep you engaged, we help your teachers develop their skills to their highest potential. And we encourage the use of information and communication technologies in teaching and learning.

While your studies will occupy most of your time at Dawson, we know that you are also interested in extra-curricular activities like sports and recreation, clubs and student government. You are encouraged to participate in these activities and apply everything you have learned to all your different interests.


Dawson is committed to the idea that you should be educated as a full individual, embracing the entire spectrum of human potential, so that you can take away the best, all-round benefit from your education. The Graduate Profile outlines nine broad competencies that we will help you to develop during your time at Dawson College.

Below are the building blocks that will support your future development and success in every aspect of your life.

Learning to learn
Acquiring the skills and knowledge that will enable you to take charge of your own learning.

Mastery of program competencies
Demonstrating the skills, knowledge and attitudes expressed in the competencies of your program.

Communication
Using effective knowledge and skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, presentation of self and delivery of information, in English and French.

Quantitative reasoning and information technology literacy
Understanding and applying mathematical concepts appropriate to your field of study and being able to use general and field-specific information technology applications.

Critical thinking, problem-solving skills and imagination
Being able to collect, organize and evaluate information from a variety of sources, analyze and synthesize relevant information to draw informed conclusions and make decisions, and apply knowledge, skills and imagination to new settings and problems.

Engagement, teamwork and leadership skills
Knowing how to work with others in setting goals and priorities, and implementing the means to achieve them. Learning to manage interpersonal relationships, resolve conflicts and assume responsibility for your own actions. Becoming involved in extra-curricular and community activities.

Health and well-being
Understanding lifestyle choices that will contribute to sustained health and well-being.

Ethical understanding and behaviour
Practising academic integrity and demonstrating ethical behaviour appropriate to citizenship in a democratic society.

Social responsibility and global awareness
Developing an informed concern for the larger good, appreciating social and cultural diversity and respecting the values of others.
Learning to act responsibly toward the global community and the environment.


In the winter term of 2013, the graduating students in the Illustration and Design Program were asked by Robert Kavanagh, the Academic Dean, to create different visual expressions for explaining and promoting the Graduate Profile. The results of their work are captured in the animation above and the posters below.

Check out some of the students presenting their posters.

The Academic Dean addressed the students after they presented their posters.




Last Modified: March 22, 2017