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What’s the Grad Survey and why does it matter?

April 11, 2013

The Graduate Satisfaction & Employment Survey is one of the tools used in Red River College’s quest to provide applied education that gets people into the workforce. The college contributes to Manitoba’s economy by graduating people who are ready to step into a career. Graduates of RRC’s programs have experienced many aspects of their chosen career from hands-on training, as well as the on-the-job work experience options available in many programs.

There is considerable value in the effort that respondents put into a survey. People completing this survey are using their own time to give us their opinion, to help us understand what is working well and what isn’t. They are letting us know how their time at Red River College has affected their lives. Whether or not it was a perfect experience, a graduate can let us know through this survey. We show everyone what the graduates said in the annual Graduate Satisfaction & Employment Report.

Who uses the survey information?

Prospective students, high school and college counselors, academic advisors, faculty, employment agencies, and many others involved in career planning use the Graduate Satisfaction & Employment Report. This is the public view of the survey data that helps people learn about our programs and see how they connect to the labour market.

The report includes tables and charts at a college-wide, school, and program level providing employment, satisfaction, and salary information. The Occupation chapter provides a listing of graduates’ job titles and related programs that is an easy-to-use tool for determining which program will lead a person to their desired career.

The data collected from this survey is also used in various formats by the College to improve programs and satisfy the Council on Post-Secondary Education (COPSE) reporting requirements.

What do graduates say?

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The best report about Red River College that you’ve probably never read

January 23, 2013

(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.


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Knowing your Numbers

January 17, 2013

Welcome to the first post of the Research and Planning department’s blog – Know your Numbers.  To kick things off here’s a few numbers to help you learn about us and the College.

Lucky #7

The Research and Planning department is a crew of seven, led by dark chocolate aficionado Ashley Blackman (Director of R&P). His supporting cast includes Senior R&P Analyst and hockey fanatic Mike Krywy, number cruncher Pam Grimshaw, research assistant and avid walker Nancy Ball, the incomparable administrative assistant Sheila Allarie, SQL junkie Zaheer Ahmad + casual helper and expert pickle-maker Pat Bates.


In the 2011/12 academic year, the College had 9,135 students enrolled in full-time programs, 16,530 part-time registrations, and 3,408 apprenticeship students. Figures like these are used to support reporting to the Manitoba Council on Post-Secondary Education (COPSE) and for preparation of the College’s Academic Annual Report.


In the past 12 months, Research and Planning has interviewed 3,871 staff, students, alumni, and industry representatives using their online survey system. These folks participated in at least one of the 25 different surveys administered during this time period, on topics ranging from the experience of first year students, to the opinions of staff, and the perceptions of Alumni.

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