Report on the “Developing a Higher Education Strategy for the Co-operative Sector” Workshop

The Canadian Association for Studies in Cooperation (CASC) is a multi-disciplinary network of researchers whose work examines co-operatives. Many, if not most of its members are also involved in co-operative education. CASC, working with Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC), initiated the process of developing a National Higher Education Strategy for the co-operative sector with a resolution that was passed at the 2015 AGM of the CMC. As part of the process of developing an actual strategy, CASC, along with the CMC, ON-Coop and the Cooperators Centre for Business and Sustainability (Wilfrid Laurier University) organized a workshop on June 2nd. This workshop, which was held at Ryerson University as part of the annual CASC conference, primarily drew actors from Southern Ontario.

The purpose of the workshop was to bring together leaders from the co-operative sector, the higher education sector, and the CASC membership to reflect upon what strategic planning might look like for three potential aspects of a higher education strategy: curriculum, experiential education, and innovation.

In the following link, you can learn about what came out of each of these sessions: http://www.coopresearch.coop/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/CASC_HigherEdStrategy_Revised.docx

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