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Important academic updates - January 2021

Jan. 25, 2021 – Anna Burke

Good afternoon,

I’d like to share with you several important academic updates and reminders.

Portfolio as a Milestone Requirement for Graduation 2020-21

We’ve decided the portfolio milestone will be removed as a requirement for 2020-21 graduates. We made this decision last year as well with the hope that removing portfolio as a milestone requirement will help alleviate the pressures experienced within our already challenging circumstances. It will only show on your official transcript if you successfully completed it.

Please note, this is not to be confused with some courses which have portfolio-related learning outcomes and/or assignments. This requirement remains and must still be met.

Work Placements

Many of you will be starting your search for a work placement soon. We recognize that it may be challenging to find a placement because of the continued Public Health protocols and their impact on our business and community partners. We are looking at ways we can expand our options and support for work placements this year. We’ll provide another update on this in February.

Convocation – Class of 2021

I know many of our future Class of 2021 graduates are already thinking about Convocation and what it might look like this year. Please know we will continue to consider our options as they align with evolving Public Health guidance and restrictions for gathering limits. We’ll keep you updated on what our 2021 celebration will look like as we know more.

Looking forward to 2021-22

Over the coming months, we will continue to assess our academic and service delivery model for the current academic year, adjusting if necessary to Public Health measures and any changes that might emerge with the broader vaccination roll-out.

We remain hopeful the situation around us will improve, and we will have the ability to allow for more in-person learning in our 2021-22 academic year. As with all our operations, our decisions will continue to be guided by Public Health directives. The safety of our College community is our number one priority, along with the quality of our academic and service experience. We anticipate having concrete decisions about our 2021-22 delivery model to share in May and will provide regular updates in the meantime.

Student Wellness and Supports

We are all experiencing a range of emotions as we continue to adapt to various changes and challenges. We are committed to do everything we can to support you and your continued learning. Always know we care about your well-being and have supports and services (intranet login required) available for you. Please stay connected with your Faculty and your Student Services Advisor (intranet login required).

As we carry on through these exceptional times, I thank you all for the care and kindness you continue to show towards yourselves and one another.

Warmest regards,


Last updated on: May. 12, 2021 01:38 PM

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