With co-curricular records, universities say grades aren’t everything

Volunteering, student government and sports teach useful skills. Now, students can prove it with the co-curricular record (CCR).

Last year, about 9,000 students (about 10 per cent of undergraduates at U of T’s three campuses) were registered for the CCR—double the participation level four years ago. With expanding demand, the university has approved a fivefold increase in qualifying CCR experiences.

Meanwhile, the CCR has begun to pique the interest of employers and recruiters. “[CCR] is still a new movement, but I think it’s an important movement,” says Bruce MacEachern, an Ottawa-based partner of Summit Search Group, a national executive recruiter firm.

Oluwatobi Edun (ChemE 1T8) used his CCR to land a one-year industry internship last year. He has been a member, and captain, of an intramural soccer team at U of T and enrolled in university workshops on leadership, teamwork and giving (and taking) feedback. This year, he is a student residence don at New College. “Without the CCR, I would not have been able to express clearly what the [outside-the-classroom] learning was about,” he says. “I was able to explain the impact I had on my group and team and the impact on me and how it connected to the [internship] role.”

During his internship interview, he says the company’s recruiters “were a little surprised I could explain all those experiences so well and how they connected to the position.” Read full Maclean’s story.