To Make All
As we expand, our eye is always on the outcomes we create for learners.
Bow Valley College’s scope is growing as we find new ways to have an even larger impact on learners, our community, and Calgary’s economy. A diverse mix of people come to us with varying education, life and employment experiences seeking success through our programs in:
Applied and advanced career credentials
Upskilling & microcredentials
English language learning
The Academic and Research Priorities showcase our strategy for ensuring we attract 21st century learners and help them launch thriving careers.
The Academic and Research Priorities drive our commitment to setting goals, choosing initiatives, and allocating resources in ways that support Bow Valley College’s Open Doors – Open Minds Strategic Plan.
• The Chiu School of Business
• The School of Community Studies
• The School of Creative Technologies
• The School of Continuing Learning
• The School of Global Access
• The School of Foundational Learning
• The School of Health and Wellness
• Research and Innovation
• Regional Stewardship
The Whole Learner: Bow Valley College facilitates the academic and personal growth of each learner through a variety of classroom and co-curricular opportunities blended with social and academic supports. Learn More
Authentic Learning: Authentic learning means connecting learners with community and employers while delivering innovative curricular experiences. Learn More
Broadening Our Applied Research Agenda: Our goal is to provide every learner with the chance to participate in applied research projects that give them real-world learning experiences. Learn More
Pivot-Ed: The Pivot-Ed initiative develops and delivers short-term courses to support people in re-skilling and upskilling, and provides microcredentials as certification proving learners have demonstrated the required competencies. Learn More
A Culture of Quality: Academic Governance
and Assessment :
a culture of quality and excellence, Bow Valley College
academic programs adhere to multi-layered and comprehensive
program quality assurance practices.
come to Bow Valley College with different backgrounds, experiences,
and levels of education. They join a cohort of peers in an academic
journey that encompasses shared and unique learning experiences. The
College facilitates the academic and personal growth of each learner
through exposure to a variety of classroom and co-curricular
opportunities blended with social and academic supports.
We will serve our learners better by:
better opportunities through our Career Program Pathways, new
programming in Creative Technologies, university transfer, and
collaborative degree initiatives.
Competency Based Education: Taking an approach that recognizes prior experience and enables learners to master skills or competencies at their own pace.
Regional Stewardship: Making a long-term difference in regional communities by developing a sustainable model to offer a suite of programs and services aligned to support the economic and social agenda of the communities in which our regional campuses are located.
relevant, immediately practical learning. That’s authentic learning
at Bow Valley College. It also means connecting learners with
community and employers while delivering innovative curricular
Our faculty consult with employers, community agencies, professional associations, and accreditation bodies to deepen our understanding of workforce needs. In today’s changing world of work, we need to constantly re-examine the competencies required for our graduates to thrive. We facilitate learning through exemplary teaching delivered through well-qualified faculty, supported by technology tools and outstanding multi-modal course delivery.
We will foster authentic learning by:
Virtual Reality: Expanding the traditional classroom
space through the use of digital technology.
Ignite Faculty Onboarding Program: Shaping the future of college education begins with our instructors. Ignite is our comprehensive approach to faculty orientation and development. An initial week of on-boarding continues with online and cohort learning throughout the year that emphasizes high impact instruction, applied learning, and inclusive learning environments and learning-centered practices.
Our program covers four themes:
• Enhance awareness of adult learners and the learning process
• Build intentionality in instructional practice
• Professionalize the skilled educator
• Transform teaching and learning at Bow Valley College
benefit through applied research projects by applying their learning
to the real world. Helping organizations solve problems and identify
efficiencies builds practical experience that results in stronger
We will continue to leverage our research strength in the areas of teaching and learning, immigrant advancement, health and wellness, community studies, childhood development, social innovation and social entrepreneurship, while broadening our research agenda by:
Pivot-Ed initiative develops and delivers short-term courses to
support people in re-skilling and upskilling, and provides
microcredentials as certification proving learners have demonstrated
the required competencies.
Bow Valley College will also explore the potential of joint diplomas and degrees in partnership with universities. Creating a credible, flexible model for content consumption, skills acquisition, skill and competency assessment, and alternative credentialing will help our learners ladder up to more traditional credentials.
a culture of quality and excellence, Bow Valley College academic
programs adhere to multi-layered and comprehensive program quality
assurance practices. We will support academic governance and
we embark on exciting new endeavours, our entrepreneurial spirit
and drive to achieve the best for our learners will help us
continue to be a sought-after destination for high-achievers
across the globe.
Keep an eye on Bow Valley College over the next few months as we roll out our ambitious new programs and projects aimed at enhancing learner success.
Some things will make a bigger splash than others, but know that research, innovation and excellence have woven their way into everything we do, both in the classroom and in the real world.