The lightning rounds were back by popular demand at the 2013 Higher Education Summit. Lightning rounds provide an opportunity to learn about best practices at some of Ontario's colleges. They covered a range of topics in 10-minute intervals.
This year's lightning round sessions included:
Governance at its best
Northern College highlgihted its local governor orientation program which complements the CCBE training program and includes a comprehensive orientation manual and mentorship opportunities.
Cambrian College described the scorecard developed by Student Services at the college to measure the outcomes of the college’s efforts and lessons learned along the way.
Durham College spoke about the policy governance model it adopted in 2007, how it is supported by an annual board work plan and mapped to pillars in the college’s strategic plan.
Making industry-college partnerships work
George Brown College discussed how it successfully collaborated with the Toronto Construction Association to design, launch and grow a strong degree program.
Durham College outlined how it enhanced connections to industry and increased the numbers of applied research projects by creating a faculty research liaison position.
Algonquin, Georgian, Mohawk and Northern colleges described their successful partnership with Hydro One to train the next generation of technicians and technology graduates for the electrical power sector.
Innovations in addressing mental health
Algonquin College talked about an online module for faculty that was developed in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Canadore College shared information on its total health model, which includes a hybrid model that employs traditional academic counsellors with supplemental services offered by focused advisers.
St. Lawrence College provided an overview of its project with Queen’s University to develop provincewide documentation, training and resources to support the accommodation of students with mental health disabilities.