The McGill Commitment


  • Ollivier Dyens, Deputy Provost (Student Life & Learning)


This priority area focuses on providing all students with a stimulating, innovative, and inquiry-based educational experience. For undergraduate students, the McGill Commitment will ensure meaningful exposure to research, whether in the laboratory or in the field, and providing experiential and scholarly learning opportunities that extend beyond the classroom and the gates of the University. For graduate students, the McGill Commitment will ensure excellence in supervision, and provide opportunities for developing career-enhancing professional skills. 

Long-term goals

  • Cultivating a seamless continuum from the classroom to the world
  • Re-imagining the curriculum and co-curricular activities
  • Re-energizing advising, supervising and mentoring
  • Combining life and learning in a single, unique, innovative higher education experience for all McGill students


Developing a website that will serve as a:

  • storefront to promote opportunities available in each Faculty
  • single point of entry for students interested in such opportunities

Working closely with Faculties, University Advancement and Communications to:

  • increase the number of opportunities
  • ensure students’ awareness of these opportunities
  • create a graduate certificate in management for all graduate students
  • enhance and expand “Skillsets” offerings in pedagogy
  • increase support for the development of innovative learning environments 

Key Milestones (updated July 2017)

Note: New updates and milestones appear in bold. Status updates will be posted twice a year.

Fall 2014

Receive all feedback from Faculties on current learning opportunities and ways to expand them and on key signature features of programs, including learning experiences

Winter 2015

Receive feedback on first draft from Deans, Associate Deans, P7 and other stakeholders

Winter 2015

Finish draft text and wireframes for the new website; obtain approval from Deans and P7.


Spring 2015

Launch "McGill Commitment" website



Fall 2015

Work with Faculties and University Advancement to build awareness and increase support.

Ongoing.  A Commitment Steering Committee with Faculty, Student Life and Learning, University Advancement and student representation has been established and continues to meet. 

Winter 2016 Further develop the offering for undergraduate skillset, innovation and entrepreneurship development, and other initiatives.

Funding has been earmarked to launch the creation of a skills development program for undergraduate students, to be led by Teaching & Learning Services.  A launch of SKILLS21 is set for September 2017.

Summer 2017-Fall 2017

Develop the next phase of the Commitment in consultations with the Faculties

Ongoing. Consultation with Faculties completed. $1 million has been allocated. Funding to be distributed for Fall 2017. 

Fall 2017

Explore a new platform for students to tie their experiential experiences to the Commitment.

Testing of the new platform has been completed. Now partnering with IT Services to assess whether tools in Office 365 can meet the students' needs.

Tool to be re-assessed. 

Fall 2017

Develop a communications strategy for the Commitment. 

Logo and tagline: completed.

Communications plan to be developed for the next phase of the Commitment, 2.0. 

Fall 2017-Winter 2018

Expand on current offerings for developing career-enhancing professional skills of graduate students (i.e., Individual Development Plan - IDP).

Phase 1 completed. 

Phase 2 in progress. Includes: 

  • Creating the "myPath" suite: 
  • Guidebook (Paper & pencil option)
  • Online platform (web application)
  • Programming (workshops, peer support)
  • Testing content with doctoral students
  • Consulting with stakeholders
  • Creating assessment plan

Final phase will be to implement a pilot in at least four departments. 

Fall 2017 (to run for 3 years) 

Expand on current offerings for developing career-enhancing professional skills of undergraduate students. Career planning Service (CAPS). 

Creation of the McGill Work Experience Program to integrate skill development opportunities (career readiness) in on-campus employment, and create experiential learning/work-integrated learning opportunities, in addition to onboarding programs. 

Two projects in progress: 

  • Career Readiness Work Experience Program - Pilot
  • Student Onboarding Training and Reflection - Pilot

Fall 2017-Winter 2018

Expand international mobility opportunities

Ongoing. Partnering with institutions abroad to offer enhanced student mobility opportunities. 

Fall 2017-Winter 2018

Consider alumni engagement to help advance the Commitment objectives, ex. by building partnerships to provide experiential learning opportunities for students such as internships.


Fall 2017

Launch of new McGill Commitment project "Student of the Future."

Student of the Future project re-imagined as Commitment 2.0. 

Winter 2018

Commitment 2.0

The Commitment 2.0 will offer students the opportunity to work on a project for a full semester while keeping their full-time status. 

Pilot launch in Winter 2018 with a select number of Arts and Science departments.