Graduate Professional Development Program Survey: Towards a National Strategy

University of Ottawa

General Information

Office responsible for graduate development programs:Teaching and Learning Support Service
Contact name:Patrick Milot
Contact information:
Name of program:Altitude
Social media accounts related to program:
Who is responsible for updating information for websites?Patrick Milot

Graduate Professional Development Programs

What sessions are available, in person or online? (workshops, webinars, blog, etc.) See website
Are there sessions specifically for international students?Yes
Are there mentorship or internships opportunities included in the program?No
What skills or competencies do the sessions focus on?Career development, leadership, communication skills, teaching skills, research skills, health and well-being, ethics.
List sessions by topic and identify those in highest demand.Writing skills are highly demanded as well as thesis writing and grants writing
Who is eligible for sessions? (students, postdocs, alumni, etc.)Masters? PhD and postdocs
Are professional development programs mandatory for students to graduate; or are they part of a student-supervisor checklist?No
Does the program offer academic credit or formal recognition (badges, certificates, etc.) to participants?No
Who develops and delivers the sessions? (graduate studies, other departments, students, professors, alumni, external organizations, etc.)mainly external consultants. Some profs also?
How are the sessions promoted?email, facebook.
How do participants register? (through a centralized system or a partner company)centralized system
Is there additional cost or fees for registrants?NA

Statistic Information

How many sessions run each year?60
How many staff members are involved in administering the central sessions?1
What are the registration capacities and participation rates? (per each session, total enrolment, breakdown in number of students/ postdocs/alumni, breakdown by faculty etc.)from 12 to 24
How is participation in sessions tracked? attendance sheets
Is there information available to measure the effectiveness of attending sessions and securing employment after graduation?yes and no. The question is very large. We do measure impact.

Departmental Level

Do departments offer professional development programs internally? If so, which?No.
Are there collaborative offerings between departments and the graduate professional development program office?yes, but strangely we ae not informed about it, except from this prof who got a CREATE grant?.

General Questions

Do you incorporate labor market information and outcomes into the development of specific components of graduate professional development programs? No
Do you incorporate strategies for developing positive relationships with employers?No
Is there any additional information you would like to share?No