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Welcome to the Co-op Fee Comprehensive Review page. This space is a growing and changing project page dedicated to providing you with the most accurate up-to-date information about your co-op fee. It was last updated on May 11, 2018.
We are currently in phase two of the comprehensive review project. This means we are completing our “Current State Analysis” of the undergraduate co-op fee model, and beginning to provide recommendations and outcomes on our findings.
Throughout this project, Co-operative Education is committed to:
If you still have questions about your co-op fee, please visit our FAQ page or contact the project team. Visit the project scope page to learn about what the project team has been doing since the comprehensive review began in July 2017.
Here are some of the themes and findings we've heard from students throughout this stage of the project:
The current process for setting the co-op fee is outlined on the FAQ page. You've told us that students desire more involvement in the fee-setting process. In our next project phase, we will look at how student voices can be more involved in communications around the fee-setting process.
We will be looking at when and how students are finding out about their co-op fees for their academic programs during the next project phase after consultations.
Our project team has worked to find the clearest way to break down your fee. It's not as simple as looking at individual units and their budgets, as many of our staff members work to support different areas of co-op. For example:
We've taken into account every role and expense funded by your co-op fee and sorted them into seven distinct categories of work/costs - take a look at the budget breakdown below and see where your $729 went this past year.
For more information on how the Co-operative and Experiential Education portfolio is structured, visit our organization chart on Waterloo’s secretariat website.
Our budget number of $18.9 million reflects the actual co-op fees collected during fiscal May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017. Learn more about how this number is calculated on our FAQ page.
We've taken into account every role and expense funded by your co-op fee and sorted them into seven distinct categories of work/costs below. We are working to show how much of your co-op fee supports each work category.
In fall 2017, there were almost 14,000 interviews in the first ten days of the first interview round. That’s a 15 percent increase in interviews (including in-person, phone and web-based) over last year. On a single day in October, there were more than 1,700 interviews.
Every term, our co-op program grows. With so many students and employers, it's critical that the core employment process functions as planned. Some key areas that are supported with this funding include:
Student success is critical to co-op, and student advising is an important part of that process. Student advising includes, among other things:
We know that 26% ($4.9 million) of our operating budget goes to co-op student advising, programming, and resource development expenses. We’ve broken this down even further:
With student enrolment growth comes a higher number of employer relationships. In 2017 we had over 6,900 active employers. Many of the best employers in the world hire from Waterloo, and many hire over and over again. St. Joe's Hospital just hired thirty-five Waterloo students in the fall 2017 term to help transition to a fully digital hospital.
Last year we were named #1 in Canada for employer partnerships, and #4 in the world (QS graduate employability rankings). Nurturing employer relationships is crucial to the success of our co-op program. To maintain this level of employer partnership, this funding supports:
Academic programming is very much aligned with the co-op program, and communication between faculties and co-op is integral. Co-op must maintain strong relationships within the faculties to support 120+ co-op programs. This funding helps support:
The University's employer network stretches across 60+ countries. In 2017, Waterloo onboarded more than 1,400 new employers. Our business development team connects face-to-face with prospective employers at hundreds of events, trade shows and meetings across North America each year.
New business is a priority to ensure the growth of Waterloo co-op. This funding supports:
Last year, more than one million co-op job applications were processed by WaterlooWorks. This led to 67,500+ interviews and 19,100 work terms. The infrastructure and administration supports all five of the previously listed areas of work. This funding supports:
University central costs account for our department’s continuous access of centralized resources and services on campus. This includes overheads such as: management of building and space costs (Plant Operations), employee benefits (Human Resources), access to university technology networks and tech supports (IST) and more.
These central costs are automatically deducted by the university and are not considered part of the operating budget of the co-op program.
The University of Waterloo has more co-op students than Canada's next two largest post-secondary co-op institutions - combined.
With increased size and diversity comes increased complexity. There are 150 full-time ongoing staff members that make the University of Waterloo co-op program possible. There are also contract and casual staff that support the co-op process for special projects and at peak times each term.
Curious about our numbers? Take a look at this interactive chart below.
For more information and metrics around co-op, visit our 2017 Annual Report.
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