Graduate Professional Development Program Survey: Towards a National Strategy
Saint Mary's University
Office responsible for graduate development programs:
Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
Name of program:
PROGgrad, FGSR 7000 (university teaching)
Social media accounts related to program:
Who is responsible for updating information for websites?
Graduate Professional Development Programs
What sessions are available, in person or online? (workshops, webinars, blog, etc.)
PROgrad is a series of workshops every Friday morning in the fall on various topics
FGSR 7000 is 13 week course on teaching
We also subscribe to mygradskills.ca
Are there sessions specifically for international students?
Are there mentorship or internships opportunities included in the program?
What skills or competencies do the sessions focus on?
List sessions by topic and identify those in highest demand.
FGSR 7000 is in higher demand than PROgrad
Who is eligible for sessions? (students, postdocs, alumni, etc.)
Graduate students, post docs
Are professional development programs mandatory for students to graduate; or are they part of a student-supervisor checklist?
Does the program offer academic credit or formal recognition (badges, certificates, etc.) to participants?
Note on transcript
Who develops and delivers the sessions? (graduate studies, other departments, students, professors, alumni, external organizations, etc.)
Associate Dean, Diane Crocker, develops PROgrad and each session is delivered by different people from on and off campus.
Staff develop and deliver FGSR 7000
How are the sessions promoted?
Email to students and Graduate Program co-ordinators
How do participants register? (through a centralized system or a partner company)
Centralized system (The same as they use to register for courses)
Is there additional cost or fees for registrants?
PROgrad is free
FGSR7000 costs $250
How many sessions run each year?
One FGSR 7000
How many staff members are involved in administering the central sessions?
What are the registration capacities and participation rates? (per each session, total enrolment, breakdown in number of students/ postdocs/alumni, breakdown by faculty etc.)
PROgrad up to 20, has between 10 and 15
Teaching up to 20, has had 20
How is participation in sessions tracked?
Is there information available to measure the effectiveness of attending sessions and securing employment after graduation?
Do departments offer professional development programs internally? If so, which?
Some, mostly in the MBA program; EMBA and other programs in the Sobey School of Business. I don?t know much about these programs.
Are there collaborative offerings between departments and the graduate professional development program office?
Do you incorporate labor market information and outcomes into the development of specific components of graduate professional development programs?
Do you incorporate strategies for developing positive relationships with employers?
Is there any additional information you would like to share?
Canadian Association for Graduate Studies
The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) was founded in 1962 to promote graduate education and university research through meetings, publications and advocacy. The Association brings together 58 Canadian universities with graduate programs and the three federal research-granting agencies, as well as other institutions and organizations having an interest in graduate studies.