Did you know that behind the scenes, outside of the busy class schedules, student contact time, and/ or regular workload, Red River College instructors and staff are continually pursuing higher education or conducting research to improve programs or processes? Others, like Research and Planning are conducting online surveys (Paths to Success and the Student Evaluation of Program) to help students in their programs to increase student success. RRC also partners with international centres like the EDUCAUSE Centre for Applied Research (ECAR) to find out the technology habits and needs of students.
Whether it be creating English language benchmarks or interviewing youth about their personal experiences, all research studies being conducted at the College requiring the participation of staff or students must be submitted to the Research Ethics Board (REB) for ethical approval.
A diverse number of research studies were reviewed by the REB in the 2012-13 Academic year. Here is a snapshot of the studies conducted by researchers at the College.
Pre-Primary Professional Development Pilot Project-Assessment Component
The Pre-Primary Professional Development Intervention project is a joint initiative between the Aga Khan Foundation-Bangladesh and Red River College. The project is designed to support pre-primary teachers and supervisors, and increase the quality of pre-primary education in Bangladesh.
Patient Dignity Question (PDQ): A novel approach to enhancing care for patients near the end of life (lay title: What do I need to know about you?)
This project asks the question “what do I need to know about you as a person to take the best care of you I can?” This question forms the basis on an intervention, which is designed to provide a simple, effective means by which health-care providers can come to understand the patient as a person, and facilitate the ‘delivery of dignity conserving’ care for palliative care patients and their families.
Nurse Educators’ Experience of Graduate Education, Perceived Self-efficacy Beliefs and the Attraction to Academia.
The purpose of this study is to describe the nurse educator’s lived experience of graduate education, their perceived beliefs of self-efficacy and their attraction to academia. The study seeks to gain a better understanding of what is needed to encourage nurses to complete graduate education and to engage in an educator role.
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Student success is a crucial focus at Red River College. Their success is our success. So how do we learn about student success? One way is to ask them. That’s what we do when we ask students to complete the Student Evaluation of Program Survey (SEPS) just as they are finishing their program.
A few thousand students are asked to provide their opinions about different areas of their college experience, from facilities and services to instruction and program quality. They are also asked to share their comments on their experience at RRC – what they like and what they think could be better. This wealth of information is used annually to improve programs, facilities, and services to students.
*RRC Employment Rate is calculated for those in the labour force.
+RRC Student Satisfaction includes only those expressing an opinion.
Note: Comparisons should be viewed with some caution. Different survey techniques and variations in questions can produce misleading results. In addition, college to college comparisons can produce misleading results due to a variety of factors, such as college size, local employment conditions, program mix and respondent demographics. Ontario colleges use a five point scale while RRC uses a four point scale for Student Satisfaction in this table.
What the heck do you do with all that Data?
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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.
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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