JIBC 2011-12 Annual Report
The nature of crime is constantly changing, our understanding of human trauma and the need for intervention is evolving, and scale of natural and human-caused disasters continues to grow. More than ever, today’s justice, public and community safety professionals require education and training that is relevant, timely and responsive to the needs of individuals, businesses and communities here in British Columbia, nationally and internationally.
JIBC remains committed to preparing students to meet real-world challenges by offering innovative courses and programs that meet labour market needs and lead to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees, as well as graduate credentials in a range of justice and public safety disciplines. This commitment is also demonstrated through Applied Research initiatives that develop new knowledge, inform best practice and public policy, enhance justice and public safety curriculum, leverage learning technologies and methodologies, and increase public awareness and understanding of increasingly complex public safety issues.
The continued growth and development of JIBC is driven by a focus on achieving the goals defined in its Strategic Plan that re-affirms the long-standing vision of being “a world leader in justice and public safety education and research”. This Annual Report, in a new digital format, highlights some of the Institute’s significant accomplishments, and illustrates the concrete steps being taken to ensure that our communities are served by the finest justice and public safety professionals and volunteers.
A new Academic Plan that outlines the Institute’s educational philosophy and learning model, goals, and priorities, set the stage for the launch of a new Centre for Court Administration and the opening of the Traffic Safety & Injury Prevention Centre.
JIBC’s Praxis virtual simulation learning tool (previously titled ExPod) was selected for “Excellence and Innovation in Overall Use of Technology for Learning and Teaching.” It brings critical incidents to life by introducing real-world simulations into training and exercise programs. Because participants can access Praxis via the web, it provides the flexibility to deliver immersive, interactive, and scenario-based training exercises to communities anywhere in BC or around the world.
The Institute’s Applied Research portfolio continues to grow, with over $8 million currently secured in research grants, contracts, and proposal commitments. In addition to releasing a number of ground-breaking studies, JIBC achieved eligibility to administer funding from both the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
The stories and successes chronicled in this Annual Report are only made possible through the continued support and contribution of students, partners, faculty, staff and other stakeholders. We look forward to the continued spirit of collaboration, contribution and collegiality that drive us to deliver on our mission to provide “Innovative education for those who make communities safe”.
On a more personal note, this Annual Report also represents a significant point of transition for both of us as well as the Institute, as our tenures as President and Chair come to a close in 2012. It has been a privilege to contribute to the growth and development of JIBC. As this chapter closes in our lives, we look forward to the yet-to-be-written chapters in the unfolding story of this invaluable asset to the safety and security of our communities.
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Last updated August 15, 2013