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Higher Education in Canada

Research in Colleges: Challenges and Opportunities
Policy Research Symposium


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 On Wednesday, September 30 the Centre for the Study of Canadian and International Higher Education  at OISE joined with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), as well as the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) to host a free, half-day research policy symposium. This event explored the development of research in colleges in Canada, Australia and England. It privided an opportunity for institutional leaders and practitioners, policy makers, funding bodies and government agencies to share experiences and learn from each other about how to develop and implement applied research. Each panel consisted of speakers from Canada, Australia and England. 


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8:45  Coffee

9:00 - 9:15  Introduction and Welcome            

Watch Panel 1 Video Here

9:15 - 11:00    Panel 1: Practices of Applied Research Across Jurisdictions

  • Chair: Linda Franklin (President, Colleges Ontario)
  • Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes (President, Georgian College)   Powerpoint Presentation
    The function of applied research in Ontario colleges and communities: An economic imperative
  • Dr. Richard Wiggers (Director, Research, HEQCO)   Powerpoint Presentation
    Some challenges facing colleges in undertaking research
  • Dr. John Lea (Director, College HE Scholarship Project, Association of Colleges, UK) 
    The significance of developing student scholarly activity in college higher education
  • Jodie Schmidt (CEO, TAFE, Queensland, Australia)  Powerpoint Presentation
    TAFE Queensland and applied research: Partnering for real world solutions

11:00 – 11:30  Coffee Break


Watch Panel 2 Video Here


11:30 – 1:15  Panel 2: Challenges and potential of applied research in colleges


  • Chair: Paul Brennan (VP International Partnershps, Colleges and Insitutes Canada)
  • Mary Butler (VP College and Community Development, New Brunswick Community College) 
    Establishing an office and building a culture for research and innovation at NBCC Powerpoint Presentation
  • Dr. Otte Rosenkrantz (Chair, Research Ethics Board, Fanshawe College) 
    Building a culture of research in the college. Powerpoint Presentation
  • Norman Gray, AM (CEO, Box Hill Institute Group, Australia) 
    Industry and Applied Higher Education Degrees in the Mixed Sector – A Case Study of Box Hill Institute, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Stella Mbubaegbu, CBE (Principal, Highbury College, UK)
    Developing a culture of evidence-based practice in VET- a case study of Highbury College, Portsmouth, UK  
    Powerpoint Presentation  Watch VET Video Here


1:15-2:00   Lunch and Networking

This event was sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities; the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario; and the Centre for the Study of Canadian and International Higher Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

Organizing Committee: Lucia Padure (MTCU), Richard Wiggers (HEQCO), Leesa Wheelahan (University of Toronto), and Glen Jones (University of Toronto).

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