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Colleges, Universities, and the Higher Education Landscape

The following articles and publications are the most recent and leading references on co-operatives and the higher education landscape in North America. Together, they serve as a good overview of where our co-op focused post secondary education stands and the direction in which it is thought to be headed in the future.  

These files are organized by date, starting with the most current.  See descriptions below with corresponding documents at the bottom of the page.


Type: 7 Text PDFs

Source / Author: Various

Date: 2014 to present

Language: English


Needs Assessment for Co-op Specific Education and Training. 2017.  Guilette and Duguid. Reviews the perceived need for co-op education and training in Canada.


Developing a Higher Education Strategy. 2017. CASC, CMC, Laurier, & ON Co-op.  Report regarding a day at the 2017 CASC conference devoted to developing a Higher Education Strategy. Reviews the outcome of 3 workshops devoted to Curriculum, Innovation, & Experiential Education, and suggestions captured for moving forward.


Mapping the Co-operative Educational Initiatives of Canadian Co-operatives. 2016. Hancock & Brault.  Study explores questions relating to the supply of coop education in Canada: what type of education is offered to the coop business community; do certain sectors of coop economy have more educational initiatives available to them; which stakeholder group is most often targeted; and how is information delivered?


Relevance and Impact of Co-operative Business Education. 2014. Miner & Guillotte.  Report focuses on cooperative business education (CBE) and its ability to boost cooperative performance by evaluating training relevance and the impact of training. Surveyed 167 graduate students across 15 programs in 10 countries.


Cooperative Education Inventory Survey Report. 2014. Amendah & Clamp.  Study contracted by The Cooperative Foundation to determine what their priorities should be in support of cooperative education, which asked: How do we assess that materials are being produced by the best available source? How do we assure that the materials are available for use beyond the local or regional organization? How do we assure that there is not unnecessary duplication of effort? Uses US materials only.


Training the Next Generation of Co-operative Leaders. 2015. Berge.  This presents the case for the benefit of learning about a co-operative (vs a capitalist) alternative in business education. It also briefly outlines the new position of the Business Chair of Co-operative Enterprises at the University of Winnipeg.


Higher Education about Co-ops in Canada & the US. 2016. Fairbairn.  Presentation given at the 2016 CASC conference. Reviews perceived problems with and understandings of Co-ops and Higher Ed; Institutions, Approaches, and Concentrations; and Concluding Questions.


COMING SOON.  Specifics about college and university level co-op oriented courses and programs, focusing on North American schools.  This section will also feature profiles and contact information for professors and researchers active in the co-op learning and teaching community. 



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