NorQuest College’s priority research themes are reflective of its program foci in health, business and industry, and community-relevant programs. They are also reflective of the College’s strategic priorities of enhanced presence, growth, and diversification. The research themes of Health, Business and Industry, Community and Social Innovation, and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning build upon NorQuest College’s strengths and interact with the enterprises of other organizations, post-secondary institutions, and innovation performers in Alberta.
With its nationally recognized health career programs, NorQuest College is helping ensure Alberta is prepared to meet the growing need for front line health care providers and to address the anticipated shortage of continuing care workers. NorQuest College offers the largest Health Care Aide program and one of the largest Practical Nurse programs in Canada along with several allied health programs. The programs offer hands-on training, simulation labs, and practicum and work placements in preparing students to successfully enter the workforce. Increasing demands on Canada’s healthcare system create the need for innovative solutions and collaborative knowledge translation. NorQuest College’s Interdisciplinary Simulation Centre and the partnerships with organizations such as the Institute for Continuing Care Education and Research and the Interdisciplinary Health Education Partnership provide opportunities for faculty, staff and students to lead and collaborate on innovative solutions and knowledge translation in health-related research.
Business and Industry
NorQuest College provides students the professional skills to get started in business careers or continue on to further post-secondary or professional education. The Centre for Value Improvement is leading the College’s applied research endeavors in business and industry.
Community and Social Innovation
NorQuest College has a strong tradition of educating English as a Second Language learners and learners who require preparatory training or academic upgrading. The College prepares skilled and compassionate human services professionals in a variety of community and human career-related program areas including Social Work. The Faculties demonstrate a capacity to engage in emerging research areas related to social innovation and to address social issues. These initiatives are reflective of the College’s vision for and commitment to the community. The Centre for Intercultural Education is an integral part of the College’s efforts to lead and collaborate in research related to community and social innovation.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
NorQuest College defines excellence in teaching as being informed by scholarship, enhanced with technology, and involving competent professionals who engage with learners. NorQuest College faculty members improve their practice by staying current within their specific knowledge domain and through critical and constructive analysis of their learning effectiveness as part of the scholarship of teaching and learning. Faculty members engage in evidence-based activity that directly produces learning and/or enhances the learning environment. The College Learning, Teaching and Development unit leads faculty in undertaking research as a component of the scholarship of teaching and learning.