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U of T hosts first national CCR/T Summit

 

 

 

On May 1st and 2nd, U of T hosted the first national summit on Co-Curricular Records or Transcripts (CCR/T’s). Over 60 representatives from 43 Canadian colleges and universities gathered at U of T to discuss the future of co-curricular engagement.

 

CCR/Ts are institution-validated records that recognize learning opportunities beyond the classroom, such as student leadership positions, campus volunteer opportunities, and participation in governance and committees. The record acts both as a tool to help students find and articulate co-curricular experiences, and as an official document of activities that have been completed by students and validated by a staff or faculty member. Some institutions also allow students to validate activities.

 

From the University of Victoria to the University of Prince Edward Island, student life professionals from coast to coast enjoyed lively and informative discussions.

 

Summit participants exchanged best practices for developing Canadian CCR/Ts, looking to the importance of coordination and the future of CCR/Ts in Canada. Most of those in attendance agreed that it was important to strive toward creating national guidelines and principles for the records.

 

After two years of research, consultations and program development U of T officially launched its Co-Curricular Record in September 2013. U of T’s CCR currently includes over 1200 opportunities, with a projected increase to 4000 by the fall of 2014 and 6000 by the fall of 2015.

 

Co-Curricular Records at Canadian post-secondary institutions have been adopted at a rapid pace, with the majority of institutions launching within the last 3 years and many others in the preliminary stages.

 

The CCR network in Canada is quickly expanding as a greater emphasis is now being placed on students’ experiential and skills-based learning, with a view to their employability and life beyond.

 

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To be added to the CCR/T Professional Network, which is intended for staff who are responsible for developing and maintaining the CCR/T at their postsecondary institution, please email kimberly.elias@utoronto.ca.