A "guarantee" program from the University of Regina offers students a year's worth
of free courses if they don't find a job within six months of graduation. Some laud the program as brilliant, while others fault it as a gimmick that makes a university degree seem more like training for a trade.
We started this segment with a clip of Rebecca Eberts, a fourth year biology student in the faculty of science at the University of Regina. She's in the first cohort of UR Guarantee
-- a program designed to increase the rate of employment of graduates from the school."...I think that UR Guarantee has really pushed me in the right direction and I've done a lot of networking. All the volunteer work I have had to do as a requirement of UR Guarantee has left me with a lot of networking skills and a lot of contacts."
The "guarantee" of UR Guarantee is that if a graduate does not find work within six months they can return to the school for a free year of classes. Vianne Timmins, vice-chancellor of the University of Regina
, describes UR Guarantee as a "student success program." We aired a clip.Donnalee Bell - Senior Consultant, Canadian Career Development Foundation
Counsellors in universities across Canada extol the benefits of networking, resume workshops, mock interviews and more ... but when does career development become coddling.. or the thing which constitutes education itself?
Donnalee Bell is a consultant at the Canadian Career Development Foundation in Ottawa
. She believes mentoring programs like UR Guarantee can set students up for success.Kent Peterson - Representative, Canadian Federation of Students
There are some, however, that question the motive behind programs such as "UR Guarantee." Kent Peterson of the Canadian Federation of Students
asks whether the concept is nothing more than a marketing gimmick. He was in Regina.
This segment was produced by The Current's Josh Bloch, Vanessa Greco and Hassan Santur.
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