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Centre for the Study of Students in Postsecondary Education
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About CSS

 
Understanding and enhancing the student experience is a top priority of the University of Toronto as described in our current academic plan, Stepping UP: A Framework for Planning at the University of Toronto 2004-2010. It is also positioned among the central commitments or recommendations of guiding documents such as the annual Key Performance Indicators Report; the Rae Review, ‘Ontario: A Leader in Learning;’ the Ontario government’s Multi-Year Agreement with Universities; and, the Council of Ontario Universities’ Guidelines for University Undergraduate Degree Level Expectations
 
The demand for empirically derived usable data that informs policy and practice related to students’ experience in postsecondary education has emerged as a central institutional and public concern provincially and nationally. The Centre for the Study of Students in Postsecondary Education at U of T will provide a response to these growing demands by generating meaningful research and programs that examine student experience and outcomes.
 
The Centre will address its mission by:
 
  1. Developing, supporting, and hosting an interdisciplinary community of faculty and student scholars who study students’ experience and outcomes in postsecondary education.
  2. Developing and implementing relevant programs that will provide forums for the exchange of knowledge around students’ experience in postsecondary education.
  3. Disseminating results of scholarly efforts to audiences institutionally, provincially, nationally, and internationally through CSS publications, refereed journals publications, scholarly meetings and conferences, internet, and regular workshops and public presentations.
  4. Engaging in institutional consultations on matters of the student experience both locally and nationally. 
As the only research entity in Canada with a structured research focus on the study of students’ postsecondary experience and related outcomes, CSS is filling a unique and timely role. Through their research in the Centre for the Study of Students, faculty and students will make substantial contributions to conversations and decision processes regarding student learning and development, as well as to the growing body of knowledge about postsecondary education’s impact and outcomes. Through the programs and services offered by the Centre, members of the broader U of T campus, and beyond, will develop a better understanding of the issues and factors contributing to student learning and development in postsecondary education.
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