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What does it mean for an experience to be "pre-approved?"
Pre-approved experiences are vetted by the EDGE team to ensure they satisfy the criteria governing the work/community experiences milestone. This means the experience will last at least 36 hours over the course of one term and a supervisor is willing to provide feedback on the performance of the student completing the experience.
While the list of pre-approved experiences is limited to on-campus experiences at this time, students are still welcome to pursue and earn milestones for off-campus experiences.
What standards do experiences need to meet to earn pre-approval?
Experiences need to fulfill the following criteria to receive pre-approval:
- Students need to complete at least 36 hours of experiential learning (paid or volunteer) as part of the experience in a given term.
- Students need to complete their learning under the supervision of an employer, supervisor, coach, or similar authority figure. The reporting relationship can exist between students if a peer is responsible for monitoring the performance of another student (e.g. a student society).
- The supervisor needs to complete an evaluation of student performance at the end of the experience. If you want to pre-approve an experience but don't have a feedback process in place, you need to agree to adopt EDGE's student performance feedback form. If a feedback process already exists, EDGE will accept your existing evaluation form.
What do EDGE students need to do to earn milestones for their experiences?
EDGE students who want to earn work or community experience milestones need to complete and submit the following items:
- Complete a minimum of 36 hours of experiential learning in a given term
- Receive an evaluation from a supervisor
- Submit a reflective activity focused on the experience to the EDGE team
- Successfully pass an elective professional development (PD) course while completing the EDGE experience
Students can't count their experience towards EDGE completion unless all of the elements above are completed and recognized by EDGE staff.
Will supporting EDGE create extra work for me?
The answer depends on your existing processes. If you already give your students feedback and an evaluation at the end of their time with you, EDGE should fit into your schedule without issue. Pre-approving your experience will save you even more time.
If you have any specific questions about EDGE impacting your workload or day-to-day activity, contact us.
Who should I contact to pre-approve my experiences?
How does EDGE help on-campus partners?
EDGE gives campus partners a new way to market their student leadership positions, volunteer opportunities, and paid experiences. Students who use EDGE to find experiences might end up working with partners they'd never discover otherwise.
EDGE also creates a few benefits that affect the campus community as a whole. Students who participate in experiential learning are more engaged and successful, and EDGE encourages students to pursue personal growth by giving back to the campus community. EDGE helps graduates prepare and thrive in the workplace, helping Waterloo maintain its reputation as a home for exceptional talent.
How can on-campus partners support EDGE?
Campus partners can support the program by working with the EDGE team to pre-approve their experiences. Pre-approval will save time for students, managers, and EDGE staff, and it makes it easier for students to find meaningful on-campus opportunities.
Campus partners can also offer their support by referring students in regular programs to EDGE. Students who want to make the most of their time at Waterloo can use EDGE to invest in their personal and professional growth.
What are some examples of on-campus experiences?
Dozens of experiences all over campus have already been pre-approved, including the following:
- Residence Don (Housing)
- Student Ambassador (Visitors Centre)
- Science Outreach Volunteer (Faculty of Science)
- Cashier/Customer Service Representative (Math CnD)
- Casual Part-Time Employee (Food Services)
You can consult our full list of pre-approved on-campus experiences if you'd like to learn more.