Frequently Asked Questions
Ryerson's Internationalization Strategy & Navitas
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.
Ryerson sets the admission standards that graduates of the Pathway Program must meet in order to progress into a Ryerson degree program.
The partnership governance structure centres on three committees:
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%).
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.