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Evolving to Serve 21st Century Learners

This week, Ken Steele speaks with 10 university presidents and 2 senior administrators about the ways in which universities are evolving to meet the needs of 21st Century Learners.

While it’s certainly fair to argue that the core principles of a university education are timeless, in general university programs, services and campuses are evolving in a time of labour market uncertainty, interdisciplinarity, active learning classrooms, experiential and work-integrated learning, and new technology. Institutions are trying to be responsive to student expectations, employer demands, and government requirements. Preparing today’s students for careers can also involve entrepreneurial training, since 40% of jobs are projected to be freelance by 2020.

Interviewed for this episode:

Algoma U:
Craig Chamberlin, President & Vice-Chancellor

Brock U:
Brian Hutchings, Acting President

Carleton U:
Suzanne Blanchard, Vice-President, Students & Enrolment

Lakehead U:
Brian Stevenson, President & Vice-Chancellor

Laurentian U:
Dominic Giroux, President & Vice-Chancellor

Nipissing U:
Mike DeGagné, President & Vice-Chancellor

Sara Diamond, President & Vice-Chancellor

Tim McTiernan, President & Vice-Chancellor

Steve Perry, Dean of Science

Queen’s U:
Stuart Pinchin, Executive Director, Undergraduate Admissions & Recruitment

Ryerson U:
Mohamed Lachemi, President & Vice-Chancellor

Trent U:
Leo Groarke, President & Vice-Chancellor

Western U:
Amit Chakma, President & Vice-Chancellor

Alan Wildeman, President & Vice-Chancellor

Thank you to all who agreed to be interviewed! And our apologies to those we missed because of time constraints. (We had just 1.5 days onsite this year.)

Recent episodes have examined the top reasons why people love attending the OUF, and new booths and recruitment marketing tactics, and Advice on Choosing a Program. Next week: Trends in campus construction projects.

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