(Note: This post was written by Nancy Ball, Ashley Blackman, and Mike Krywy)
Every year the College files an Academic Annual Report with the Council on Post-Secondary Education (COPSE). It’s a College-wide effort; many schools and departments submit information, College Relations edits and writes many of the articles, and Research and Planning provides the data and assembles the report. While intended to respond to a regulatory requirement, the report is an interesting montage of facts, figures, stories and achievements that serve as a guidebook for those who want a snap shot of what the college is all about.
Research and Planning’s contribution is twofold. First, we provide stats and figures to help people get a sense of enrolment trends, graduation numbers, employer satisfaction, and many other interesting statistical nuggets. For example, if you check out the most recent RRC Academic Annual Report (2011-12) you’ll discover that:
- Full-time enrolment hit another record high in 2011-12, with 9,135 students registered in certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and degree programs.
- That 16,530 students were studying in part-time programs, keeping many CE instructors hopping.
- Some 3,408 students took apprenticeship training across 32 trades.
- That Red River College has approximately 1,360 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff years working at the College (no wonder coffee line-ups are so long, it’s all the FTEs ordering their double doubles).
- That the average income of recent graduates responding to a graduate survey was $40K
Secondly, we help compile the fantastic achievements that are threaded throughout the report. In fact, it is almost overwhelming to read about the many success stories that occur across the college. After reading even a few of these stories, you begin to appreciate the breadth of what is accomplished across the college community.
- Selkirk Avenue received a lot of attention this year. The Makoonsag Intergenerational Children’s Centre opened on Selkirk Avenue, serving as the College’s first demonstration childcare centre, and representing its commitment to providing community residents with increased access to programs promoting child and family supports. The 52-space centre for infants, toddlers and pre-school children was developed through a partnership between the Urban Circle Training Centre, Red River College, and the University of Manitoba’s Inner-city Campus.