Informing policy, practice, and public debate on higher education

Breakout Session Details

Breakout Session 1

1 a. Collaborative Education Across the North: The Northern Colleges Collaborative Programming Project 

Room OISE Library   Facilitator: Rumeet Billan

Abstract: In 2014 the Collaborative Programming project (NCCP) was launched at Northern College following a commitment of the Presidents of six northern colleges to work collaboratively to ensure sustainability and student access across a broad range of programs. This innovative project demonstrates creative thinking and responds to the new realities of emerging technologies, fiscal constraint, and changing demographics.

Presenters: Don Duclos, RegistrarLisa Jack, Manager, Paterson Learning Commons; Michele McManus, CoordinatorGail Murdock, NCCP Project Administrator, Retired VPA and Jeannine Verdenik, Director Human Resources

The presenters are all from Confederation College and graduated from M. Ed Leadership in Higher Education Cohort 1 in 2010.


1 b. Engaging Students & Increasing Quality in Undergraduate Education

Room 8-170                   Facilitator: Cathy Ozols

Abstract: This session will share the development, implementation, and assessment of our mandatory first-year seminar course. This course helps students transition into university and connect the broad, first-year curriculum to their futures. Learn about the successes and challenges faced and future plans to keep improving the quality of the first-year experience.

Presenter(s): Leslie Grife, and Cori Hanson both work in the First-Year Office for the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the U of T. Both are graduates of the M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership Cohort 6


1 c. Fundraising in Ontario’s Colleges: An Emerging Profession? A presentation of     preliminary findings for a doctoral research study

Room     8-180   Facilitator:     Wendy Kubasik

Abstract: The author will present the background and preliminary findings of the doctoral research in progress. This study is compares five characteristics of professionalization against fundraising in Ontario’s College system. In addition to a document analysis, the author interviews stakeholders such as donors, knowledge leaders, teachers and fundraisers.

Presenter: OISE. Cindy Gouveia, MBA (Univ of Guelph), PhD Candidate, Higher Ed OISE and PresidentGeorge Brown College Foundation


1 d. Embedding Early Practical Experiences (Work Integrated Learning) into the Foundations Curriculum of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program (University of Toronto)

Room     8-200   Facilitator:     Vesna Bajic

Abstract: In response to student demands for earlier clinical experiences during Pre-Clerkship, previously informal opportunities for practical (hands-on) experiences were formally embedded into the curriculum as the Enriching Educational Experiences Program within the Integrated Clinical Experience (ICE) component of the undergraduate medical curriculum at UofT. The program offers unpaid clinical placements for hands-on workplace learning opportunities for students registered in the MD Program.  Resources for self-reflection and career development help students manage these self-directed initiatives and establish professional identities.

Presenters: Carol Bisnath, Career Counsellor/Coach, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and Jon Novick, M.D. Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.


Breakout Session 2

2 a. Internationalization at the Ontario Colleges – Present, Future and the Possibilities

Room      OISE Library              Facilitator:     Rumeet Billan

Abstract. Internationalization at the Ontario colleges is a term that often is used, but rarely defined. The presenters will explore internationalization at Ontario colleges and present their thoughts on the current state, posit gaps and consider the future of how internationalization might change in the coming years.

Presenters: Paul Brennan, VP, International Partnerships, Colleges and Institutes (CICan) and Ian Wigglesworth, PhD candidate on the Community College Leadership program (CCL5); Interim Dean, Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies at Gorge Brown College.


2 b. The Lexicon of Quality Assurance: Comparing The Quality Assurance and Enhancement Report for England and Northern Ireland and the Ontario Quality Assurance Framework

Room 8-170                              Facilitator:     Wendy Kubasik

Abstract: Professor Lang will report on the findings of a comparative study of two previous reports on the assurance of quality in higher education that appeared contemporaneously in The UK and in Ontario. One was the result of a joint working group of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, the Higher Council for England. The other was the result of a task force of the Council of Ontario Universities and the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies. The findings of the comparison will be discussed in terms of current trends in several recurring themes: the boundary line  between  academic  support  services  and student services, the assurance of quality as separate from the enhancement of quality, balancing homogeneity and isomorphism, the institution versus the basic academic unit as the focus of assurance, self-regulation versus system regulation, the assurance of quality versus the enhancement of quality, the role and role of league ranking, performance indicators, and benchmarking, aggregation, and scope of jurisdiction.

Presenter: Dan Lang, PhD., Professor Emeritus, OISE/U of T


2 c.  How would our world change if under-represented groups were equally represented in our universities?

Room 8-180                   Facilitator:     Cathy Ozols

Abstract: This presentation will identify which groups are under-represented in higher education institutions locally, nationally and internationally; current theories of why and innovative thinking on change for the future.

This presentation will include discussion of the impact on the identified groups, universities and civil society, if higher education included higher percentages of those who are currently ‘the under-represented.’

Presenter: Judy Kopelow BA (English Literature & Religious Studies), RN & M.Ed. in Higher Education (OISE Leadership Cohort 5); Manager, Global Health Programming and Initiatives, Postgraduate Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Univ of Toronto.


2 d.   Location, Location, Location

Room   8-201   Facilitator: Vesna Bajic

Abstract: Many Indigenous communities are located far from Ontario’s publicly-funded universities. This distance poses an access issue for those, who aspire to attain post-secondary education, but are unable to live on campus or commute the long distances. A unique opportunity to remove this barrier exits when the right partnerships are made.

Presenter: Niroja Arulananthan, B.A. (Soc & Eng) Cert Proj. Mmgt; M.A. in Audlt Ed in progress. Currently serves as a Senior Policy Advisor with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development in the Postsecondary Education division