Graduate Professional Development Program Survey: Towards a National Strategy
Mount Allison University
Office responsible for graduate development programs:
Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies
Amanda Cockshutt, Interim Dean of Science & Graduate Studies
Name of program:
Masters of Science
Social media accounts related to program:
Who is responsible for updating information for websites?
Weihong Lu (email@example.com)
Graduate Professional Development Programs
What sessions are available, in person or online? (workshops, webinars, blog, etc.)
Are there sessions specifically for international students?
Are there mentorship or internships opportunities included in the program?
No, our Masters of Science program is lab based.
What skills or competencies do the sessions focus on?
List sessions by topic and identify those in highest demand.
Who is eligible for sessions? (students, postdocs, alumni, etc.)
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?
Who develops and delivers the sessions? (graduate studies, other departments, students, professors, alumni, external organizations, etc.)
How are the sessions promoted?
How do participants register? (through a centralized system or a partner company)
Is there additional cost or fees for registrants?
How many sessions run each year?
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.)
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?
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?
No, as we don?t currently offer any professional development programs.
Do you incorporate strategies for developing positive relationships with employers?
Is there any additional information you would like to share?
We would REALLY like to be able to offer professional development programs, but with an enrolment of 15-20 graduate students total at a time and very limited resources we have not been able to put in place any kind of program. There is clear need and a desire from students to have this kind of programming available. We would like to explore options of sharing programming with other universities rather than reinvent the wheel.
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.