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Ryerson's Internationalization Strategy & Navitas

The proposed partnership with Navitas links to several priorities/themes in Ryerson’s Internationalization Strategy: International Student Recruitmentinternationalizing the student body, Strategic Partnerships – identifying partnerships that support institutional priorities, Reputation and Profile Building – identifying where Ryerson can enhance our presence and take advantage of areas of existing leadership, and Coordination of Institutional Activity – identifying opportunities to share resources and ensure unity of effort. The benefits to Canadian and international students alike that stem from expanding international enrolment are also reflected in the Ryerson’s Academic Plan.

Ryerson approved a plan in 2018 to increase international enrolment levels over the next five to ten years to the average for Ontario universities. Intensification of international student recruitment since then has increased the international students' share of enrolment at Ryerson to 7.2%

Navitas has more than 25 years of experience and 37 university partnerships with 39,500 students across 11 countries, including two in Canada. Navitas has a global infrastructure with more than 180 staff, 32 in-country offices, and coverage of 161 countries.

Navitas collaborates with universities to advance each university’s internationalization strategy and goals. None of the partnerships are the same; they are each customized to address the needs of individual universities in a flexible, innovative manner that is always student-focused.

Navitas has 25 years of experience and a proven track record in partnering with universities to ensure international student success.

As Ryerson looks to expand its international student population, Navitas brings immediate access to a global recruiting network and well developmental model of helping international student acclimate and thrive both academically and socially.

Navitas also has the same values as Ryerson and is focused on the student experience using a model of full partnership and joint decision making.  Navitas is focussed on long term success.

The proposed Navitas partnership allows us to advance our plans at a much faster rate with full academic control including course quality, faculty and admission decisions.

Navitas recruits students internationally according to the terms of its agreement with the university, reflecting specific a specific program mix and enrolment targets. It collects tuition fees (set at the Ryerson rate) for the first year of study and will partner with Ryerson in course delivery (Chang School courses and CUPE Unit 2 faculty). Navitas will also provide student support using its staff and resources in collaboration with Ryerson’s Vice-Provost Students Division, and it will provide Ryerson with a royalty. Students who successfully complete the first year of studies will have a defined pathway into a selection of Ryerson degree programs.

Navitas and Ryerson would create a Pathway/Transition Program that promotes international student success, a highly personalized academic program tailored to the unique needs of international students, supported by additional staff resources provided by Navitas. Ryerson retains 100% control over curriculum and faculty. Customized service immerses international students in Ryerson’s community to create an engaged student population. Students enjoy the same benefits and resources as other international and domestic students. Wrapped around the curriculum are robust social and academic supports.

A flow chart of the Pathway Program which shows how the program includes 10 undergraduate courses in a student's first year of university.

The instructors are faculty of Ryerson University and the courses are Ryerson University courses. Academic control remains 100% with Ryerson. Admission standards to degree programs from the Pathway Program are set by Ryerson. There is policy mirroring of Ryerson’s policies, with enhancements to maximize student success.

Ryerson sets the admission standards that graduates of the Pathway Program must meet in order to progress into a Ryerson degree program.

Navitas has a global infrastructure with more than 180 staff, 32 in-country offices, and coverage of 161 countries.

The partnership governance structure centres on three committees:

A chart of the 3 governance committees: Academic Advisory, Joint Strategic Management, and Operations

Navitas has summarized its overall approach to the proposed partnership as one in which “Navitas offers a collaborative and transparent approach to partnering in order to align mission, vision, goals and objectives with Ryerson University.”

Students, Faculty & Staff

Faculty would be hired through the Chang School (CUPE Unit 2) with Departments/Schools having the role of reviewing and approval of instructor credentials.

Navitas will use its global infrastructure to recruit students for the partnership subject to the provisions of an agreement with Ryerson. Student diversity at Navitas North American partnerships by country of origin is as follows: China (26%), India (19%), Pakistan (11%), Nigeria (5%), Vietnam (5%), South Korea (4%), Indonesia (3%), Taiwan (3%), Russian Federation (2%), Myanmar (2%), Rest of the World (20%).

Ryerson Departments/Schools and Faculties provide oversight and liaison with the partnership to ensure that the Pathway courses conform to Ryerson University academic standards. The course moderation process provides for departmental review and approval of instructor credentials, course syllabi, examinations, and final grades.

The course moderation process provides for Ryerson departmental review and approval of instructor credentials, course syllabi, examinations, and final grades

The role of the Course Coordinators is to advise and consult in order to ensure that Pathway students are evaluated in a manner that reflects the level and rigour consistent with the standards in equivalent non-Pathway Ryerson courses.

Responsibilities of the Course Coordinators include:

  • Maintaining regular contact with Pathway course instructors and providing advice and discussion of issues related to course content and delivery.
  • Providing instructors with current course outlines for Ryerson courses for which Pathway students seek transfer credit. These include details of assessment procedures and required course texts.
  • Approving in advance all Pathway course assignments, tests, and examinations to ensure conformity with Ryerson standards including review of sample written assignments and completed tests, if necessary.
  • Reviewing all marks given in the course and approving all final grades in writing.

Deans or Department/School Chairs/Directors appoint Course Coordinators (CC) for each Pathway course delivered by the partnership. Often, the Course Coordinators are the same individuals who Chang School courses in their department/school.

International students typically need support to negotiate their way around the application process, the visa process, and the new environment. They need support to adjust to what can be very different teaching and learning styles in the Canadian university context, and additional assistance as they navigate the different non-academic environment without family support nearby. International students can also benefit from supports that make it easier to make friends and create a diverse support network.

Navitas works to provide a “soft-landing” for international students to support them in their transition into Canadian life and study. Navitas will use its resources to dovetail into existing Ryerson programming. This includes:

  • Additional complementary academic and personal support services to ensure a successful student experience
  • Providing opportunities for students to experience the university community and access all that Toronto and the surrounding region have to offer
  • Selected programming that gives students the best possible opportunity for success and timely completion
  • Pro-active and intrusive advising that tracks performance early and often to intervene and refer to appropriate services or to encourage appropriate academic behaviours
  • Individual exploratory student programming that supports students to better understand their skills, preferences, knowledge and goals to best align their academic trajectory
  • Building confidence in students to understand how to participate in class and campus activities
  • Leadership training to establish a foundation that encourages student engagement

Student retention in Navitas Canadian pathway programs is 91% (2018-19 semester on semester) and 92% of successful pathway students have progressed to degree programs (5-year average 2015‑2019).

39,500 students from 161 countries are currently studying in a Navitas partnership program.