Faculty involved in work-integrated learning more likely to endorse its expansion

March 5, 2012

The second phase of a 3-part study conducted by Academica Group and commissioned by HEQCO finds that most PSE faculty in Ontario are supportive of the current level of work-integrated learning (co-ops, internships, work placements, and apprenticeships) at their institution. College faculty surveyed were slightly more likely than university faculty respondents to say that WIL opportunities should be increased, and a one-quarter in each group said it should be kept the same. Faculty with WIL experience as an instructor or a student, who had more years of work experience outside of academia, and who taught in business faculties were more likely to report that WIL should be increased. The study states that increasing faculty awareness of the purposes and benefits of WIL is necessary if institutions wish to expand or improve WIL opportunities. Institutions must also make sure that there is dedicated monetary and administrative support available; that faculty are acknowledged for their WIL-related work; that better ties to employers and community partners are forged; and that assistance is provided to recruit and foster relationships with host sites to alleviate workload issues. Research Summary | Full Report