Guidance Dialogues – Nipissing University Video Transcript

Hello Everyone! Thank you, merci, miigwetch for joining me today. My name is Sarah, I use she and her pronouns. I’m the associate registrar for recruitment and it’s my pleasure to share some updates from Nipissing University with you. Let’s get right into it with some of the updates for our admissions this intake. Our Criminal Justice program is now admitting at a seventy percent average. Previously it was a seventy-five, it’s been brought down to be in line with our other admission averages. As well, the Criminal Justice Studies stream of this program is no longer an honours degree, it can’t be paired on it’s own with our concurrent education program. That being said, the other streams of Criminal Justice can be including policing, corrections and criminology. All of those are honours programs that can be paired with concurrent education. We have a new equity access admissions policy as well this year. This is a chance to express how instuitional or systemic barriers have impacted their education or their ability to perform academically. This differs from an extenuating circumstances form, which might be more of a one off occurrence, such as a death in the family or acute mental health crisis. This new policy is meant to address over-arching systemic problems that the student may have faced throughout their life. Anything that the student feels is relevant can be included. These next couple of updates aren’t new this year, but I’d like to highlight them because they were either new or changed in recent years. We have a First Year Foundations Program which allows students who fall below the seventy percent admissions average to get an alternate offer to the university with additional supports in their first year. Student’s cannot apply directly to this program, they should apply to the degree program that they are interested in and should they fall short of that seventy percent they’ll get an alternate offer to First Year Foundations. These offers are only made to programs in the Arts and Sciences. If a student has applied to a Professional Studies Program such as Business, they’ll still receive an alternate offer to either a B.A. or B.Sc. as it’s applicable, and First Year Foundations. Our Bachelor of Business Administration no longer admits directly into the streams such as HR and accounting. Students should apply to the general BBA program on the OUAC and they’ll choose their stream after their first year. I would like to highlight out IB transfer credit policy as well. Student’s who have completed their full IB diploma are eligible for thirty credits or one full year of transfer credit to the university. As well, we do accept individual higher level and standard level courses with a grade of five or higher. Our Nipissing University Promise Program is still running. Student’s do this program concurrently as they complete their three or four year university degree. The program gets them access to lots of great resources like workshops and career counseling. Students who successfully complete their degree and the Promise Program, who don’t find career-related employment after six months of graduating from the university, are eligible to return for up to one year, or thirty credits, of tuition free study to bolster their skills. On to some more general updates; we’re looking forward to opening our brand new student centre this coming year. That space is just for students, it’s been under construction, we’re excited to see it finish! Our tours will open on September twenty-first and our open house is November seventh. That being said, our open house and our tours are virtual for the time being. We’re looking forward to being able to welcome students and visitors to the university in person when it’s safe to do so following relevant guidelines. Guidance counselors, students, teachers, and supporters should check the website regularly for any updates on COVID-19 and being able to attend campus. Thank you, merci, miigwetch again for joining me.