Graduate Professional Development Program Survey: Towards a National Strategy

University of Prince Edward Island

General Information

Office responsible for graduate development programs:The Office of Graduate Studies
Contact name:Colleen Gallant
Contact information:cgallant@upei.ca
Name of program:
Website:http://www.upei.ca/research/officeofgraduatestudies
Social media accounts related to program:
Who is responsible for updating information for websites?The UPEI Webteam.

Graduate Professional Development Programs

What sessions are available, in person or online? (workshops, webinars, blog, etc.) Workshops are done throughout the year.
Are there sessions specifically for international students?No
Are there mentorship or internships opportunities included in the program?No
What skills or competencies do the sessions focus on?It depends upon the requests of the graduate students.
List sessions by topic and identify those in highest demand.
Who is eligible for sessions? (students, postdocs, alumni, etc.)All our graduate students.
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.)The Office of Graduate Studies
How are the sessions promoted?listserve
How do participants register? (through a centralized system or a partner company)Reply to an email address.
Is there additional cost or fees for registrants?No

Statistic Information

How many sessions run each year?Depends on the need.
How many staff members are involved in administering the central sessions?One or two.
What are the registration capacities and participation rates? (per each session, total enrolment, breakdown in number of students/ postdocs/alumni, breakdown by faculty etc.)10-20 per session.
How is participation in sessions tracked? It is not.
Is there information available to measure the effectiveness of attending sessions and securing employment after graduation?No.

Departmental Level

Do departments offer professional development programs internally? If so, which?Yes, all the departments with graduate students offer different development programs.
Are there collaborative offerings between departments and the graduate professional development program office?The ones that the Office of Graduate Studies put on are open, the others are up to the discretion of their program.

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?That maybe done in their programs.
Is there any additional information you would like to share?NA