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August 4, 2015

Assessing the Influence of First Nation Education Counsellors on First Nation Post-secondary Students and Their Program Choices

Abstract: The exploratory study focused on First Nation students and First Nation education counsellors within Ontario. Using an interpretative approach, the research sought to determine the relevance of the counsellors as a potentially influencing factor in the students’ post-secondary program choices. The ability of First Nation education counsellors to be influential is a consequence of their role since they administer Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) funding. A report evaluating the program completed by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada in 2005 found that many First Nation students would not have been able to achieve post-secondary educational levels without PSSSP support. Eight self-selected... Read more
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August 4, 2015

The Efficacy of a Course Management System in Learning: Perceptions of Students and Faculty at one Ontario College

Abstract: The widespread adoption of course management systems (CMSs) by colleges and universities has occurred in a vacuum of research into their effectiveness for learning. This case study is based on quantitative and qualitative data collected by survey, interview, and document analysis that explored the perceptions of students and faculty, regarding the impact on learning of the use of a CMS in the initial semesters of the business programs at a large, urban, multiculturally diverse college. This college has a long history of CMS use and a stable CMS infrastructure. This study explored the purposes for which the CMS was used,... Read more
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July 30, 2015

Global Competence: Essential characteristics as perceived by Faculty and Program Heads in International Business Programs at Ontario’s five Institutes of Technology and Advanced Learning

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to understand how global competence was defined by study participants and to identify the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that were perceived as essential to its development as a student learning outcome of International Business Programs. This study focused on faculty teaching in the International Business Programs and the heads who oversee those programs at Ontario's five Institutes of Technology and Advanced Learning (ITALs). This was an exploratory descriptive case study with quantitative and qualitative data collected concurrently from three perspectives: faculty, program heads and relevant documents. The response rate (n=8 of approximately 57... Read more
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July 30, 2015

Millennial Employees’ Expectations of the Workplace: A Case Study of Humber College

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore and describe whether what the Millennial employees (employees born between January 1, 1981 and December 31, 2000) who participated in the study wanted in the workplace aligned with what is currently offered in the Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts Technology (CAAT) system. More specifically, the study examined if the Millennials who currently worked at the CAAT that was the site of this study (Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning), felt the current "terms and conditions" of employment met their needs, and if not, what were their suggestions on changes... Read more
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July 30, 2015

Ontario Colleges in the Digital Age: Understanding the Student Experience, Perceptions and Attitudes of Online Learning at one Ontario College

Abstract: The global economy is undergoing drastic upheavals as Canada enters the 21st century. The key driver of this transformation is the emergence of the digital age. The digital age is impacting all facets of Canadian society, including postsecondary education. The integration of educational technologies into curriculum is spawning a new form of learning commonly referred to as online learning. Online learning has the potential to radically alter the manner in which knowledge is taught and learned in Canadian higher education. This mixed-methods study utilized both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods. The qualitative phase (n = 16) was developed... Read more
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July 30, 2015

The Managerial Roles of Academic Deans in Ontario

Abstract: This thesis examines the managerial roles of the academic deans in Canadian universities, particularly in the province of Ontario. It is important to study the roles of the academic deans since they are pivotal to any higher education institution’s success. Research indicates that organizational performances are very much influenced by what happens in the middle of organizations rather than at the top. (Currie and Procter, 2005) As middle managers, deans are compelled to manage both people and results, while providing vital links to the organization when translating top-level directives of the upper management – president, vice-president academic etc. -... Read more
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July 30, 2015

A Study of Organizational Culture in Ontario Colleges with High Student Satisfaction

Abstract: Academic institutions face countless pressures within a context of ongoing globalization, societal change, and increased accountability measures. The use of organizational culture assessment can assist organizations to understand their current culture and, consequently, to inform strategies for change management. This study examined the perceptions held by administrators at four Ontario colleges with above average Student Satisfaction (KPI) about their institution’s current and preferred organizational culture and their own management competencies. A descriptive research method was employed using a modified version of Cameron and Quinn’s (2006) Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument (OCAI) and Management Skills Assessment Instrument (MSAI). Different culture types... Read more
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