RRC staff and students at the Cultural Language Mentorship appreciation party
Every year, Red River College invites first-year, full-time students to participate in the Paths to Success initiative. Now in its eighth year, the initiative engages over 1,750 students each year from over 55 programs across the college. This post will look at some characteristics of International and Immigrant students who participated in the initiative during the 2012/13 academic year. These statistics are not “official” numbers as they are based on self-reported information from Paths and do not account for all students.
Just over one in five students who participated in Paths to Success are International or Immigrant students
Among the 1,767 students who participated in Paths last year, just over one in five was an Immigrant student (12%) or an International / Visa student (10%). These numbers vary considerably by program, reflecting differences in the types of previous education and experience that those students have compared to Canadian born students. It also reflects the College’s policy to target marketing / recruitment of some programs toward International students and limit access to some programs to Manitoba residents only (such as the Nursing program and many pre-employment trades programs which have waiting lists).
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Most colleges and universities rely on student application data to develop student profiles, based on characteristics such as age, gender, and ethnicity. Some institutions use survey data to supplement this resource, as it provides a broader understanding of what students are like. Red River College falls into the latter group, using the Paths to Success survey to better understand who students are and how the college can more effectively support them in their studies.
This post looks at some of the characteristics of students who participated in the Paths to Success initiative over the last 4 years. While the Paths to Success survey does not cover all first year students it represents approximately 80% of this population, and is considered to be representative of first-year students overall.
Note: The Paths to Success initiative is targeted to first-year, full-time students who are just beginning their studies. Now in its eighth year, the initiative engages over 1,750 students each year from over 55 programs across the college.
Most students look to the RRC website for information
Just over 70% of students research their program on the RRC website before beginning their studies. Aside from program brochures, this is the only place where students can get detailed documented information on their program, including a program overview, course descriptions, contact information, admission requirements, and employment potential. Given that 30% don’t research their program on the web, it begs the question why they don’t use this resource.
Source: Paths to Success (2009-2012), n=5951
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