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Georgian College and Bow Valley College researchers recognized by CICan

Ottawa, May 25, 2015 – Researchers at Georgian College and Bow Valley College are the first recipients of Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) brand new Research on Colleges and Institutes Awards. These awards recognize achievements in research that have significantly advanced knowledge of the Canadian college and institute system.

The awards were divided in two categories with Bow Valley College receiving a nod for best research of a system or institutional nature and researchers at Georgian College being recognized for best research related to teaching, learning and student success.

The winning project from Bow Valley College is titled: “Meeting the Needs of Diverse Distributed Learners” and was led by Dr. Rena Shimoni, Dr. Gail Barrington, and Russ Wilde. Their research was successful in documenting best practices as well as developing new tools and processes for conducting policy review, revision, and development. This includes an online toolkit that was created for use by all Alberta colleges when engaging in policy development.

Dr. Jacqueline Limoges and Ms. Kim Jagos from Georgian College’s Practical Nursing program received the second award for their work which aims to improve nursing education by evaluating how that education influences the way registered nurses and registered practical nurses interact and work together. Their study has shown how joint education can help resolve the tensions and disjunctures between the two groups and be used to teach collaborative decision-making.

The award recipients presented their research during a CICan pre-conference symposium on May 24 in Winnipeg. Their research will also be showcased on a new section of the CICan website on research projects being undertaken about the college and institute system.

Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics. We work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. The Association operates in 29 countries via 12 offices around the world.


[otw_shortcode_quote border_style=”bordered” background_pattern=”otw-pattern-1″]”CICan is thrilled to recognize researchers at Georgian and Bow Valley with its first research on colleges awards. The exceptional quality of these research projects and the impact of their findings have greatly contributed to our understanding of the nature and contribution of colleges and institutes in Canada.”
Denise Amyot, President and CEO, Colleges and Institutes Canada[/otw_shortcode_quote]

[otw_shortcode_quote border_style=”bordered” background_pattern=”otw-pattern-1″]”We are proud of our Bow Valley College research team led by Dr. Rena Shimoni, Dr. Gail Barrington, and Russ Wilde for having been recognized with CICan’s 2015 System/Institutional Research Award for their applied research project: Addressing the Needs of Diverse Distributed Learners. This five-year collaborative research project between eight Alberta post-secondary institutions, the Government of Alberta, and eCampusAlberta, led to the development of a policy toolkit for online learning. This project is also a great example of how applied research, led by community colleges, can address areas of concern in the post-secondary system and result in changes that enhance learners’ access to quality education.”
Sharon Carry, AOE, Bow Valley College President and CEO.[/otw_shortcode_quote]

[otw_shortcode_quote border_style=”bordered” background_pattern=”otw-pattern-1″]”The research that these two faculty members have accomplished can bring significant benefit to nursing students, nursing professionals and patients alike. Dr. Limoges’ and Ms. Jagos’ research has far-reaching implications for the education and health care sectors, and the research findings have the potential to improve the quality of patient care. I am very proud to have educators of their stature as faculty in our nursing programs.”
MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO, Georgian College[/otw_shortcode_quote]


For more information : 

Julien Abord-Babin
Senior Strategic Communications Officer
Colleges and Institutes Canada
613-746-2222 ext 3131
Twitter : @CollegeCan