Students seek better job preparation from universities

May 21, 2013

In a time of a slow-growth economy, students are calling for ever more work experience to be built into their education. But despite some localized efforts, such as Mount Allison University's summer internships for music, fine arts and drama students, universities have been slow to catch up with demand. "I don't get the sense that there's a gigantic expansion [of experiential learning] under way," says Concordia University president Alan Shepard. "I think there's a growing recognition that this is extremely important and valued by students, by employers, by their families." Canadian universities are hoping to increase their experiential learning opportunities, says University of Ottawa president Allan Rock, whose institution has added 500 more co-op placements in the past 5 years. But doing so costs time and money, and means hunting for worthy partners. Globe and Mail