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July 20, 2017 10:40 AM

Conestoga shares CCR best practices with institutions across Canada

Members of Conestoga’s Student Engagement team recently shared their expertise in the delivery of Co-Curricular Record (CCR) programming at two national events in Ottawa. The team shared best practices and data findings during a CCR summit and presented at the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services’ (CACUSS) annual conference.

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Conestoga's Amy Baird, second from left back row, shared CCR best practices at the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services’ annual conference in June.

Conestoga is one of 17 colleges in Canada to provide students with a CCR to document and authenticate participation in approved co-curricular experiences. The CCR contributes to learning and employability, and Student Engagement manager Amy Baird said Conestoga has become a true leader in delivering CCR programming. Conestoga has seen expansive growth in both CCR offerings as well as overall student participation since its launch in 2014; during the 2016-17 academic year, the college’s CCR hosted over 400 events that resulted in more than 7,000 student participations.

During the past two years, Baird has served as the co-chair of the National Community of Practice (CoP) for Co-Curricular Records. The CoP includes more than 200 members across more than 80 Canadian post-secondary institutions. In her role, Baird has delivered numerous presentations to provide advice, information and support for institutions at various stages of implementing a CCR.

On June 8, Baird, along with colleagues Laura Black and Kendra Foord, attended the CCR Summit at Algonquin College which welcomed CoP delegates from across the country. Black and Foord shared an evidence-based presentation on student engagement and retention at Conestoga, and provided delegates with an overview and analysis of CCR student engagement data. They examined approaches used at the college to measure student engagement and shared strategies to increase student engagement within the college’s diverse student body. They also had the opportunity to share these findings at Conestoga’s annual employee conference this year.

On June 12, Baird was involved in a presentation on the past, present and future of CCR programming in Canada at the CACUSS annual conference - an event that attracts more than 800 professionals from post-secondary institutions across the country.

“Over the last five years we’ve seen exponential growth in CCR programming in Canada. During the conference, we explored the evolution of the CCR, how it adds value to student experiences and how it impacts student employability,” said Baird. “Our involvement in these national platforms provides us with an opportunity to work together to determine ways in which we, as a community of practice, can raise the profile of CCR programming on campuses and among employers in the national labour market. Conestoga’s involvement also allows us to support the development of national standards and guidelines for CCR programming, and to remain current on research in CCR programming, as well as initiate and engage in new research.”

Conestoga’s Student Engagement team, formerly Student Life, meets the needs of students through innovative programming designed to achieve goals with learning outcomes-based initiatives including the Co-Curricular Record, Orientation, the Respect Campaign, the Connect Leadership Workshop Series, Campus Service Learning, and various student volunteer and committee opportunities.

Visit the Student Engagement website for more information.