Academic Excellence and Degree Granting
To meet the demands of a world in the midst of economic, societal and political change, post-secondary institutions must stay true to their mission as the conveyors of fact, hubs of research, drivers of innovation, centres of human progress, and spaces where solutions to the most pressing issues of our time can be freely pursued.
To sustain and increase GPRC's academic quality.
- Develop and implement the Master Academic Plan, which will include a strategic enrolment plan.
- Create and implement a robust and comprehensive program review process to emphasize improved quality control and program renewal or discontinuance based on student demand, local economy and market demand.
- Develop and launch new programs based on evidence and data driven decisions.
- Commit to planned suspension of low enrolled or high cost per full load equivalent programs if enrolment cannot be increased.
- Continue to invest in GPRC's new Centre for Teaching and Learning to emphasize pedagogical excellence and pedagogical research to ensure utilization of modern delivery methods and relevant experiences for students.
- Implement differentiated delivery models to accommodate the needs of students within GPRC's stewardship region.
- Create pathways from Continuing Education programming to credit achievement.
- Enhance student opportunities through initiatives like expanding work-integrated learning, undergraduate research opportunities, and alignment of in-demand employer competencies with credit programming.
For GPRC to become a degree-granting institution.
- Develop advisory committees for GPRC degree-granting proposals.
- Align academic planning and hiring with future degree-granting needs.
- Determine niche or high-demand degree programming for GPRC's stewardship region.
- Make GPRC a destination institution for a specific program or set of programs.
To grow GPRC's trades and apprenticeship programming.
- Increase trades and apprenticeship programming offered in Grande Prairie to meet regional workforce needs of the area.
- Expand GPRC's overall trades programming to ensure alignment with demand in the stewardship region.
- Actively seek industry partnership and enhance work-integrated learning opportunities for trades students.
- Promote entrepreneurial training for trades students to develop entrepreneurial competencies and skills and ensure graduates are positioned to manage, improve, and start a business.
- Implement parameters of the Golden Hills School Division Memorandum of Understanding and develop plan for virtual trades training.