Graduate Professional Development Program Survey: Towards a National Strategy

What are the registration capacities and participation rates? (per each session, total enrolment, breakdown in number of students/ postdocs/alumni, breakdown by faculty etc.)

What are the registration capacities and participation rates? (per each session, total enrolment, breakdown in number of students/ postdocs/alumni, breakdown by faculty etc.)




Athabasca UniversityAs most sessions are held virtually, there is no cap on enrollment. There is usually between 5-25 people at each session. The majority of the participants are AU students.details
Brock UniversityThis is far too much work and energy to collate here. And if the premise of original question isn?t clear then these numbers won?t represent the whole. Good size workshop: 25 Avg. workshop: 15 Conferences: 100+ GS for each (SHIFT + MNK) Orientation Welcome: 180 FGS/VITAE coordinated workshops (excluding VITAE partners unit specific workshops) 2015-2016 Total number of workshops in all FGS/VITAE hosted and coordinated = 51 (*including workshops within SHIFT conference) Total number participants in all FGS/VITAE = 960 Total number of unique students= 300 unique students *Faculty representation is proportional (More from larger faculties, Applied Health Sciences greater proportion, Humanities lowest) * only offering more for Phd and Post Doc in last year. Numbers are low. details
Carleton UniversityMost workshops have a limit of 20 students. Not everyone shows up, so the participation rates are probably 75% of those who register.details
Concordia UniversityFrom May 2015-April 2016 we offered 275 workshops of which 148 were unique. We had 5 150 participants, of which 1 811 were unique. The breakdown of participants by faculty is: 50% Engineering and Computer Science, 25% Arts and Science, 12% John Molson School of Business, 7% Fine Arts and 6% other. The breakdown of participants by program is 62% Master, 25% PhD and 13% other.details
Dalhousie NAdetails
McGill UniversityThe registration capacity ranges from 20-350 Participation rates vary by session. Flagship events we have 85% show rate/15% no-show. Attendance is a perennial problem at all levels (Prof, students, staff). We implemented a no-show fee for large events where costs are associated. Student participation is highest from stem faculties in Flagship events: 25% Science 25% Engineering 25% Medicine 25% other (Arts, Education, Management, etc.) details
Memorial UniversityParticipation rates vary considerably depending on program/event. Examples: - Career development workshops generally have 10-20-25 participants per workshop. - Teaching Assistant Training Program _ 50 participants - Preparing For Your Thesis: An Academic Writing Workshop _ 40 participants - Professional Skills Development Program for International Students (PSDP) _ 40 participants per semester over three semesters - Entrepreneurship Training Program (ETP) _ 25 participants per year - Thesis Writing Retreat _ 15 to 20 participants per semester over two semesters Participation is 95% students (sometimes a few undergrads) and 5% alumni/post docs Most participants are from Science and Engineering faculties details
Mount Allison UniversityNAdetails
Nipissing UniversityWe have a limited number of graduate programs at Nipissing University (N=8). The number of students does not exceed the capacity for the programs. details
Queen's UniversityThere is no upper limit on registration numbers (except for Mitacs workshops). Registration rates vary from year to year. In general, we have 10-80 participants per sessiondetails
Royal Roads UniversityNAdetails
Ryerson UniversityRegistration capacities don?t matter, as it is rare to get more than 50% of those registered to actually show up.details
Saint Mary's UniversityPROgrad up to 20, has between 10 and 15 Teaching up to 20, has had 20 details
Simon Fraser University (SFU)Capacity varies depending on whether special event, seminar or workshop, depending on room size. Our special events usually have about 75 people in attendance. Seminars have 20 to 30 people. Workshops are always smaller, ranging anywhere from 6 attendees to 25. details
Université de SherbrookeFor most courses, registration is limited to 20 students, the exception being EFD910/911 which can reach 45 students and more. Trimester participation: total F2014: 97 (3 M.Sc., 82 Ph.D., 12 Postdoc; 70 Engineering, 10 Science, 17 Medicine) W2015: 62 (5 M.Sc., 50 Ph.D.; 39 Engineering, 6 Science, 18 Medicine) F2015: 87 (9 M.Sc., 64 Ph.D., 11 Postdoc, 3 research assistants; 50 Engineering, 6 Science, 31 Medicine) W2016: 66 (3 M.Sc., 50 Ph.D., 11 Postdoc, 2 professors; 36 Engineering, 8 Science, 22 Medicine) F2016: 111 (0 M.Sc., 56 Ph.D., 53 Postdoc, 3 (research assistant, professor); 59 Engineering, 17 Science, 33 Medicine, 2 Education) Trimester participation for each course on four trimesters W2005: 62 EFD901/911: 25 (24 Ph.D., 1 Postdoc; 23 Engineering, 2 Medicine) EFD904: 14 (3 M.Sc., 9 Ph.D., 2 Postdoc; 5 Engineering, 2 Science, 7 Medicine) EFP906: 11 (1 M.Sc., 8 Ph.D., 2 Postdoc; 4 Engineering, 1 Science, 6 Medicine) EFD907: 12 (1 M.Sc., 9 Ph.D., 2 Postdoc; 6 Engineering, 3 Science, 3 Medicine) F2015: 87 EFD901/911: 36 (36 Ph.D.; 35 Engineering, 1 Medicine) EFD904:14 (12 Ph.D., 2 Postdoc; 6 Engineering, 4 Science, 4 Medicine) EFD904:13 (7 M.Sc., 3 Ph.D., 3 Research assistants; 13 Medicine) EFD912: 13 (1 M.Sc., 6 Ph.D., 6 Postdoc; 7 Engineering, 6 Medicine) EFD922: 11 (1 M.Sc., 7 Ph.D., 3 Postdoc; 2 Engineering, 2 Science, 7 Medicine) W2016: 66 EFD901/911: 22 (19 Ph.D., 3 Postdoc; 20 Engineering, 2 Science) EFD904: 20 (2 M.Sc., 15 Ph.D., 1 Postdoc, 2 Professors; 8 Engineering, 5 Science, 7 Medicine) EFD906: 12 (7 Ph.D., 5 Postdoc; 4 Engineering, 8 Medicine) EFD907: 7 (1 M.Sc., 5 Ph.D., 1 Postdoc; 2 Engineering, 1 Science, 4 Medicine) EFD921: 5 (4 Ph.D., 1 Postdoc; 2 Engineering, 3 Medicine) F2016: 111 EFD901/911: 41 (32 Ph.D., 9 Postdoc; 31 Engineering, 4 Science, 6 Medicine) EFD904: 18 (10 Ph.D., 7 Postdoc, 1 Research assistant; 8 Engineering, 5 Science, 3 Medicine, 2 Education) EFD910: 10 (3 Ph.D., 6 Postdoc, 1 Professor; 3 Engineering, 1 Science, 6 Medicine) EFD912: 15 (3 Ph.D., 12 Postdoc; 9 Engineering, 1 Science, 5 Medicine) EFD922: 19 (7 Ph.D., 11 Postdoc, 1 Research assistant; 4 Engineering, 5 Science, 10 Medicine) EFP973: 8 (8 Postdoc; 4 Engineering, 1 Science, 3 Medicine) details
University of AlbertaThere were about 600 students who participated in the May PD week, another 600 who participated in the August PD Week, 371 sessions of, another 400 through Mitacs workshops and those offered by FGSR, and more than 3000 in the Graduate Teaching Program. Postdocs make up less than 3% of the participation in our programming and alumni/academics make up less than 1%. We can break down by faculty, however this information is not currently available.details
University of CalgaryThis information is not available at this time. details
University of LethbridgeCapacity is limited by room size, or by external agency (for example Mitacs is around 25 normally). For our Thesis Writing Boot Camp we cap at 25 in order for the event to be effective. Full results of numbers are just starting to be tracked as our programs are very new. For our teaching program as a whole we had 302 attendees in 2015-2016 and 139 individual attendees. attendance sessions wksp1 Teaching as a Professional Responsibility 85 6 wksp2 Assessment: Marking & Grading #VALUE! 4 wksp3 Dealing Professionally with Students 24 2 wksp4 Classroom Management & Student Engagement 17 2 wksp5 Managing Class Discussions 9 1 wksp6 Preparing a Lesson, Lecture or Presentation 22 3 wksp7 The Multicultural Classroom 6 1 tut1 Marking in Moodle 31 4 tut2 Public Speaking 18 4 total: #VALUE! 27 details
University of ManitobaThe registration capacities depend on the room being used for the session. Library workshops are held in a lab with 14 computers, so capacity is limited. In our third year of a program we have a better idea as to anticipated attendance so can generally book the correct room size. Our average attendance rate over the past three years is 72%. details
Université de MontéalLa capacité maximale d?inscriptions pour la plupart des ateliers siglés est de 30 étudiants. Quelques ateliers plus populaires permettent un plus grand nombre d?inscriptions, jusqu?à 50 (Gestion de projet; Rédaction scientifique en anglais; Préparation d?une demande de bourse). La majorité des ateliers siglés affichent complet (quelle que soit la capacité d?inscription). Nombre d?inscriptions aux activités siglées pour l?année 2015-2016 (A2025; H2016; E2016) : 603 étudiants et 13 postdoctorants. Journée études supérieures et projet emploi : 51 participants Club emploi : 30 participants (2 x 15) details
University of New BrunswickVaries for different programs, but most workshop sorts of activities can accommodate approx. 30 students, and are generally about 75% full.details
UOIT (University of Ontario Institute of Technology)Max number of participants per session is 25. Total enrolment: not limited Breakdown in number of students/ postdocs: 99%/1% (small number of postdoc) details
University of Ottawafrom 12 to 24details
University of Prince Edward Island10-20 per session.details
University of TorontoWe are limited by space. 23 students on average for a workshop. Larger events can have 70-100 students. All are graduate students.details
University of VictoriaPer session averages about 10details
University of WaterlooThis is not information that I have on hand.details
The University of WinnipegThe Higher Education Teaching certificate program generally hosts around 5-10 students per year (current students and recent alumni). The informal workshops vary in size, and some only include current graduate students while others also include alumni participation. details
Western University2013/14: 6258 registrants TSC: 3311 registrants spent an average of 7 hours on professional development Career Counselling: 2013-14: 730 appointments GradWrite: 2013-14: 2023 participants Weight lists exist for career counselling and writing programs details
York UniversityThe number of attendees at last year?s events ranged from 4 to 37. In total a few hundred people participated although we do not have a breakdown available to indicate how many were students vs. postdocs, nor do we have the breakdown by faculty.details
Université du Québec à Montréaldetails
Université du Québec à Trois-RIvièresdetails
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi details
Université du Québec à Rimouski details
Université du Québec à Outaouais details
Université du Québec à Abitibi-Témiscamingue details
Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique details
École Nationale d'Administration Publique details
École de Technologie Supérieure details
Laurentian UniversityN/A details
Polytechnique Montreal - 635 inscriptions en 2015-2016 - Les groupes sont limités à 25 étudiants - La présence est obligatoire pour obtenir le crédit d’atelier details
Universite du Quebec (Siege Social)N/A details
University of British ColumbiaVaries from 24 to unlimited. Total # of attendances (not individuals) for 2016-17 Most sessions run at capacity Total enrolment for 2015-16, as an example, was 2496. This does not represent individuals (some attend multiple sessions). Breakdown by degree sought:
Masters - 1039
PhD, DMA - 1265
Graduate student (unknown) - 96
Postdocs, Research Assoc. (note, postdocs are served primarily through the Postdoctoral Fellows Office which puts on ~30 workshops a year) - 41
Undergraduate - 7
Faculty, Staff - 9
Unknown - 39
Total 2496

Breakdown by Faculty:



(Other) -Postdocs, staff, students from other insitutions, unknown


Faculty of Applied Science


Faculty of Arts


Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration


Faculty of Dentistry


Faculty of Education


Faculty of Forestry


Faculty of Graduate Studies-Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program


Faculty of Land and Food Systems


Faculty of Law


Faculty of Medicine


Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Faculty of Science




Université LavalVariable Environ 50 places par cours.details