Getting an Activity Included in the CCR Database
Are you running an activity (event, club, group, workshop, volunteer opportunity, etc.) and want to get it included in the Co-Curricular Record (CCR) database so students can get CCR recognition for participating? Here’s how you can determine if your activity is eligible and if so, how to get it in the database.
Why Should Your Group Seek CCR Inclusion?
- It gives the members an official means of being recognized for their leadership contributions at Laurier.
- It increases each member’s dedication to the group as they will want the best learning experience possible.
- It supports the learning that each member does as part of their participation.
- It contributes to an enhanced culture of student involvement.
1. Activity provides students with meaningful learning opportunities
Research shows that student involvement in co-curricular activities has the potential to yield significant learning. To ensure that activities provide intentional learning opportunities for students, learning outcomes must be identified at the beginning of each year. These learning outcomes can be used to guide programming, training and anticipated learning for student participants.
Learning outcomes include:
- effective communication
- leadership development
- clarified personal values
- appreciating diversity
- social responsibility
- spiritual awareness
- intellectual growth
- enhanced self awareness
- healthy behaviour
- meaningful interpersonal relationships
- intentional learning
Data collected from the Co-Curricular Record at the end of each year will be reviewed by the Centre for Student Life and Engagement and must substantiate that learning is occurring for students. Any activity that does not demonstrate that meaningful learning is taking place will not qualify for future co-curricular recognition until changes are made and programming is reassessed.
2. Activity is co-curricular in nature and is not required for academic credit
Laurier has a strong culture of student involvement, which contributes to rich, holistic student experiences. The CCR recognizes student involvement that is not a requirement of a particular course or program, but ideally complements students’ curricular learning.
3. Activity meets validation process requirements
All activities on the CCR are validated. Only those activities that are sanctioned by the university and can be validated by a member of the Laurier community are eligible for CCR recognition. Activities must be reviewed and verified each fall by the validator to ensure that contact information, activity descriptions and learning outcomes are updated. All activities must be validated by April 30 of each year. Failure to meet the validation timeline will result in suspended status for CCR recognition for the following academic year.
4. Activity supports and fosters transformational experiences as opposed to transactional services
The CCR recognizes activities that offer transformational learning experiences for students. The CCR recognizes transformational opportunities that are connected to personal growth and development. These experiences provide students with an opportunity to make meaningful contributions, develop transferable skills and engage in activities that embody a commitment to holistic learning.
Activities that are transactional in nature and best described as “jobs” are not eligible for CCR recognition. However, students who receive a stipend or honorarium in recognition of their involvement and contribution to a culture of student leadership engagement would be considered for CCR recognition.
How to Get an Activity Included in the Co-Curricular Record Database
Assuming your activity meets the criteria for CCR inclusion, there are three simple steps to getting it added to the CCR database.
- Complete the Activity Recognition Application Form.
- The Centre for Student Life and Engagement reviews application to ensure meaningful and purposeful programming.
- Activity is added to database and remains online provided that all validation timelines are met and learning outcomes are achieved.
September to February
- Co-Curricular Record administrators connect with every student, faculty or staff member who validates each activity listed on the Co-Curricular Record.
- Using the application for recognition, validators identify the learning outcomes anticipated for their programming by selecting learning achievements for each activity.
- Because the anticipated learning outcomes for the vice-president of the Marketing Club could differ from anticipated learning outcomes for the secretary of the Marketing Club, validators will need to review each position independently.
January to March
- Students must log in and add positions to the CCR website by March 31 of each year.
- Requests for CCR recognition are forwarded to the validator for approval.
May to August
- Staff and students in the Centre for Student Life and Engagement will review the information collected regarding both the anticipated and actual learning outcomes.
- The information collected will be used for the upcoming academic year to support validators in using learning outcomes to guide programming, training and to maximize learning for all involved students.