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Co-Curricular Record acknowledges activity beyond the classroom

With the October 9th launch of the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), students at UTSC will now be eligible to record skills and competencies gained through approved extracurricular activities in an official University of Toronto document.

Extracurricular involvement enhances the university experience. “The CCR recognizes the importance of a holistic student experience, where getting involved beyond the classroom contributes to students’ growth and development, a more positive student experience, and helps students develop and articulate skills,” says Kimberly Elias, the CCR program coordinator.

The CCR demonstrates the connection between their engagement and the skills students develop outside the classroom. As a formal document, the CCR enables students to present all of their post-secondary experience and skills to employers, graduate programs and bursary applications.

A database lists extracurricular activities for undergraduate and graduate students across the University’s three campuses, helping students identify how they can get involved, for example in athletics and recreation, politics, or faith and spirituality. 

Extra-curricular activities must meet the following criteria In order to be included on the CCR:

- Be recognized by the university

- Meet validation process requirements

- Be linked to intentional compentencies and skills

- Involve active engagement

“Students are encouraged to go through a reflection process with peers or a validator,” says Nadia Rosemond, UTSC’s leadership development coordinator.  “This helps them make the connection between their development through extra-curricular involvement to skills that employers are looking for, and ultimately they become more successful in interviews.”

The CCR was developed in response to focus groups regarding school spirit and engagement conducted in 2010. Phase One of the program and launched with 32 partners including all three U of T campuses and Student Life. There is a select number of activities included in the database in this first phase.  Activities will be added on a continual basis.

For more information contact ccr@utoronto.ca




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