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Graduate Studies at KPU

Building on the successful and solid foundation of our undergraduate programs we will pursue graduate programs that will transform KPU into a more comprehensive institution and expand the level of higher education learning available in our region. Through rigorous and relevant graduate degree offerings we will provide undergraduate students an opportunity to continue their career journey across our campuses and fields of expertise. Graduate programs will offer many members of our own workforce a path to upgrade their credentials through innovative new graduate degrees at KPU.

Over the tenure of this Academic Plan 2023, the university will consult, plan and establish a central office to administer graduate programs and work with all Faculties to develop and launch new unique graduate programming capable of further differentiating our unique offerings in the regional post-secondary sector. Simultaneously, KPU will provide for the further professional development of faculty and staff to address their specialized roles as graduate advisors and support. We will design and establish unique learning spaces and services targeted to meet the needs of graduate students.

Graduate programs will be informed by our proposed developments in research and by our advances in teaching and learning. Graduate programs as a rule fuse research and learning in a symbiotic relationship that elevates the learner experience and deepens the knowledge exchange. Graduate programs at KPU, including Master’s degrees and Graduate Diplomas, will expand our scope and depth as a unique polytechnic teaching university.

There is ample evidence of a growing market for professionals with specialized trained in a variety of the disciplines taught at KPU. By embarking on the establishment of KPU-made Graduate studies, we will consolidate our position as a regional, rigorous, post-secondary institution capable of delivering a well-rounded, highly trained, and globally competent graduate.

Goal 9: To offer Graduate Studies at KPU

Strategy 9.1

Establish an administrative unit to manage graduate education at KPU in 2018.

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Strategy 9.2

Engage the Faculties and Institutes in the development of unique and differentiated graduate diplomas, graduate certificates and Masters degrees.

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Strategy 9.3

Launch the new program development governance process for new graduate studies in 2018.

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Strategy 9.4

Activate Faculty workgroups and Senate Standing Committee on Academic Planning and Priorities to develop programming, programming standards and credential qualifications.

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Strategy 9.5

Launch first Master’s program at KPU in 2021.

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Strategy 9.6

Establish a Graduate Commons as an extension of the Office of Graduate Studies by 2021. This unit will house a variety of academic service areas that will provide instruction and support around the specific academic needs of graduate students including citation management; in-depth literature reviews; the Learning Centre; thesis writing strategy; and grant writing.
 

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