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In the pursuit of my academic interests, I entered the MA program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education to explore the impact of co-curricular engagement on student learning and development. This interest narrowed in on exploring the impact of the Co-Curricular Record as a tool to encourage engagement and foster student learning and development at postsecondary institutions. At this time, the University of Toronto was discussing the adoption of the Co- Curricular Record. I was invited to participate in these early discussions, and was then hired as the Coordinator, Co-Curricular Record to lead the development and implementation of the program.

Through intimately engaging with the development and promotion of the CCR and connecting with colleagues across Canada, I realized the importance of exploring the extent to which the CCR can be utilized in the hiring process. A significant number of institutions were arguing that the CCR is a valuable tool that can be used in the hiring process, however, there was no relevant and current empirical research to support these claims. While some institutions had explored employer interest through small-scale surveys or focus groups, there was no academic literature that assessed the potential impact and role of the CCR in the hiring process.

Throughout the development and implementation of the CCR at the University of Toronto, I connected with a few other professionals to form the CCR Professional Network in fall of 2012. The purpose of this network is to provide a space to share best practices, research, and to advance the CCR at a provincial and national level. This network organically grew from a small handful of professionals, to over 170 professionals from over 70 Canadian postsecondary institutions. Through this network, we began to discuss the need of gathering the network to identify standards and guidelines that we could work towards. We then had the first national CCR Summit in Canada at the University of Toronto, with 60 professionals from over 43 universities and colleges. I actively seek to promote the CCR, while avidly trying to bring institutions together to work in a concerted and coordinated effort.

This thesis is written from the perspective of the three roles that I held: master’s student, coordinator of the initiative at U of T, and promoter of the Canada-wide movement.

 

Journal Articles & Blog Post

Elias, K. (2015, Feb. 9) Student Success: What employers are looking for. (Blog post) Retrieved from https://supportingstudentsuccess.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/student-success-what-employers-are-looking-for/

Elias, K. (2015, Winter). Do employers value co-curricular experiences? Communique (CACUSS Journal). Retrieved from http://issuu.com/cacuss/docs/cacuss_q1_2015_web.

Elias, K. & Drea, C. (2013). The Co-Curricular Record: Enhancing a Postsecondary Education.
College Quarterly, 16
(1).

CCR Presentations & Conferences

Elias, K. & Glover, C. (2015, May). Standards for Canadian Co-Curricular Recognition Programs. Presentation for the annual conference of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services, Vancouver, B.C.

Elias, K. & Kuhn, A. (2015, May). Co-Curricular Record Data Cube & Reporting Project. Presentation at the Co-Curricular Record Summit. Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, B.C.

Elias, K. & Wiggins, C. (2015, May). Supporting Student Transitions through the Co-Curricular Record. Presentation at the Co-ordinating Committee of Vice-Presidents Students. Georgian College, ON.

Elias, K. & Kuhn, A. (2014, November). The Co-Curricular Record: A National Movement to Support the Student-Life Cycle. Presentation for the Strategic Enrollment Management & Marketing (SEMM) Forum, Toronto, ON.

Elias, K. (2014, June). Employer Perceptions of Co-Curricular Engagement and the Co-Curricular Record in the Hiring Process. Presentation for Mini-CACUSS. University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.

Elias, K. (2014, June). Employer Perceptions of Co-Curricular Engagement and the Co-Curricular Record in the Hiring Process. Presentation for the annual conference of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services, Halifax, NS.

Elias, K. (2014, June). CCR Skills to Pay the Bills. Selected for “Best in Show” for 90 Ideas in 90 Minutes Presentations at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services, Halifax, NS.

Elias, K. & Glover, C. (2014, June). Co-Curricular Record/Transcript: Establishing Standards and a Community of Support. Presentation for the annual conference of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services, Halifax, NS.

Elias, K. & Glover, C. (2014, June). Birds of a Feather Session: Co-Curricular Record. Facilitated a roundtable discussion for the annual conference of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services, Halifax, NS.

Elias, K. & Newman, D. (2013, June). Developing a University-Wide Program: A Consultative and Collaborative Framework. Presentation for the annual conference of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services, Montreal, QB.