This page contains a collection of descriptions of different types of recognition for extra-curricular activities at a handful of universities in Ontario. Some faculties provide academic credit for extra-curricular hours, others provide verified Co-Curricular Transcripts, and others have professional development programs. Below are brief descriptions of some of the opportunities other schools have, and how students are provided with credit (whether it be a certificate, academic credit, or physical transcript, etc.), as well as a link to follow for more information.
This information was compiled by Ben Kinsella (McMaster VP Academic, 2013-14). To download the original document, please refer to this link: http://www.essco.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Extra-Curricular-Recognition.docx
Carleton University has a Co-Curricular Record, which can be accessed at http://www6.carleton.ca/seo/ccr/. It is run by the university’s Student Experience Office, which manages a database of all verified volunteer positions, which students can then use to compile a personalized transcript. The site gives information on how to add new positions to the database, the requirements for a position to be on the list, and what kind of information the CCR displays. Each individual co-curricular activity is responsible for updating their positions and validating the requests. For example, the Carleton Student Engineering Society is responsible for making sure all our positions are up-to-date, and when someone wants to add a volunteer position, the President is the one that either approves it or denies it. A screenshot of a portion of one is to the right.
McMaster University has a leadership certificate called the Dr. Mary E. Keyes Certificate of Leadership Development. More information can be found at http://studentsuccess.mcmaster.ca/students/leadership/certificate.html. It is organized by professional staff from across the university and has six modules that focus on different facets of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. The modules are designed to and challenge students to delve into the strategies, values, and questions that will help realize personal change, guide groups, and community leadership. The student is then required to put together a leadership portfolio, which is a collection of items that highlight various moments in a student’s leadership development.
Once all workshop modules are complete and a leadership portfolio has been prepared, participants can schedule an exit interview. This interview challenges students to draw upon their leadership development experiences and reflect on their leadership portfolio. Leadership development educators take the information from the portfolio and interview to help each candidate identify areas of strength, areas of development, and potential next steps. The exit interview responses are reviewed alongside a candidate’s leadership portfolio when a final evaluation of the individual’s leadership development is being prepared.
The Ryerson Engineering Student Society found a significant increase in levels of involvement when volunteers were given a letter of recommendation from the Dean’s Office.
University of Guelph
The University of Guelph has a certificate of leadership, which can be found at http://www.leadershipcertificate.com/index.html. It requires 120 hours of “involvement”, but also requires several additional courses for completion of the certificate. The leadership certificate is open to all degree program students at the University of Guelph. It requires completion of 5 courses, 2 required leadership courses and 3 restricted electives, and 120 hours of leadership involvement.
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
University of Ontario Institute of Technology offers a Co-Curricular Recognition program, which was developed to support and recognize student participation and leadership in qualifying campus activities. The program allows you to produce an official record of your campus involvement, leadership accomplishments, community service activities, and more. This is a valuable tool for students to present to prospective employers and professional/graduate schools to highlight their complete university experience.
University of Waterloo
The University of Waterloo's Professional Development program (WatPD) expands on the experiential learning experience of Waterloo's co-op students with online courses for academic credit. The courses provide students with the opportunity to develop skills to improve their employability and their workplace productivity. In addition, these courses encourage students to reflect on connections between the workplace, their academic courses, and their career path.
Consultation with faculty and student representatives, employers, and Co-operative Education & Career Action staff has resulted in four required courses and eight elective courses being developed for the Professional Development program. Required courses are dependent on your faculty and all faculties have a choice amongst the elective courses. For more detailed descriptions, visit the program website at www.uwaterloo.ca/professional-development-program/. The University of Waterloo also provides an official designation on students’ transcripts if they compete in their engineering competition.
University of Windsor
At University of Windsor, there is a Co-Curricular Transcript that is provided by their Centre for Career Education and can be found at http://www1.uwindsor.ca/cct/. Extra-curricular activities are loaded into the database, so a student can log on to the system and add whatever activity they were/are involved with to their transcript. These additions then get forwarded to the faculty/staff member who oversees each activity and are verified. If a position/club/activity doesn't exist in the database then it can be created by filling out a form online, which then goes through the same verification process. It is then added to the database for other students to use as well.