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The Concordia Commitment

Join the Concordia Commitment Today!

This one-of-a-kind program provides additional support from Student Life and Learning throughout your studies to help you achieve academic and career success. The Commitment helps you get the most out of everything that CUE has to offer from the first semester to beyond graduation.

The Concordia Commitment:

If you complete all requirements of the CUE Commitment program, have a 2.3 GPA at graduation, and do not secure career-related employment within 6 months of graduation, or move on to a professional program or graduate studies, you are eligible to return for an extra year of undergraduate classes for FREE.

How the Commitment Works:

  1. CONNECT

After joining the Concordia Commitment, you will be connected with 1 advisor who will offer advice and guidance throughout your program, meeting once per term the first year and once every year after that.

  1. LEARN

The program helps you adjust to university courses and demands by offering you valuable academic skills workshops. Participate in a minimum of 3 workshops in your first year to get help with study skills, test-taking strategies, time management, and more.

  1. ENGAGE

Get involved in CUE campus life to meet people, make friends, contribute your strengths, develop new skills, and become a campus leader. By joining a student club, becoming a Student Ambassador, volunteering or working at CUE, or engaging in other rewarding campus opportunities you invest in your personal and professional growth. Find the right fit for you, discuss the opportunity with your advisor, and stay involved throughout your degree to enjoy university life and build your resume.

  1. EXPLORE

All students enrolled in the program will attend the yearly Concordia Commitment Lecture where an inspiring speaker will share wisdom and experience to help you succeed while at university and beyond.

In Year 2/3 of the program, also attend academic seminars and presentations outside of your regular classes to connect with the intellectual life of CUE. There is no shortage of fascinating topics and themes delivered by international experts and distinguished research clusters on campus.

  1. START YOUR CAREER

Your journey to a fulfilling career begins with self-discovery. We will help you in this self-discovery journey to build a thoughtful career plan and create a career path.  We will lead and guide you through a range of fun activities such as career assessment boot camps, career workshops, career fairs, industry panels, and networking events. You will also get personalized help with resume writing, effective interviewing, networking and more.

Concordia Commitment Program Outline

  • The Commitment is designed for 3- and 4-year degree programs (small differences between each)
  • Attend meetings with your advisor (4-5 meetings throughout your degree)
  • Take in the annual Concordia Commitment Lecture each fall
  • Stay involved in campus life activities (negotiated with advisor) throughout the program
  • Benefit from each purposeful program phase as you move through your education:

Year 1 Advising and Academic Support

Year 2/3 Scholarly Presentations and Intro to Career Planning

Year 3/4 Career Skills Development  

You are eligible to return to CUE for one undergraduate year for FREE (30 credits maximum to be taken within a single calendar year in Open Studies) if you:

  • Complete all 3 or 4 years of the Concordia Commitment program (depending on the length of your degree)
  • Graduate with a 2.3 GPA or higher
  • Demonstrate you are actively pursuing jobs by working through the Job Search log
  • Check in monthly after graduation to discuss the steps you have taken to start your career
  • Are unable to secure a career-related job or begin professional or graduate study within 6 months of graduation
  • Are no more than 1 calendar year out from graduation

Eligibility:

All students with 33 or less Concordia or transfer credits in a 4-year degree program, and all students with 9 or less Concordia or transfer credits in a 3-year degree program are eligible for the CUE Commitment. Note that this includes students starting 3 and 4-year degree programs with no post-secondary courses or credit.

Cost:

FREE! A refundable deposit of $200 is required to enroll (GST included), but is fully refunded on completion of all requirements of the Concordia Commitment program.

Program Schedule:

Begins Fall 2018, please stay tuned for more dates and details regarding events!

*Information drawn and adapted from the ‘U of Regina Guarantee’ program.

For further information about the program, contact:

Stephanie Rosse
Manager, Career Services
stephanie.rosse@concordia.ab.ca
Tel: 780-378-8461

Colin Saby
Director, Student Life and Learning
colin.saby@concordia.ab.ca
Tel: 780-479-9243

Student Life & Learning
studentlife@concordia.ab.ca