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Women in Academia

Welcome to the Women in Academia Project HEQCO is pleased to announce the release of a multi-part research project designed to explore current and historical gender disparities among faculty in Ontario universities. Despite advocacy efforts, collective bargaining, targeted funding and legislation, gaps in representation, promotion and earnings for women academics persist. These inequalities are especially […]

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HEQCO Skills Consortium Ontario’s labour market is unpredictable — as are student pathways into and through it. Many graduates of Ontario postsecondary education programs find themselves working in different careers or sectors than the one they planned on when they began their journey. While HEQCO can’t predict every job-specific skill that students will require after […]

Freedom of Speech

Ontario Campus Free Speech Policy The Minister of Colleges and Universities announced on August 30, 2018 that publicly funded colleges and universities must by January 1, 2019 develop, implement and comply with a free speech policy that meets the minimum standard set by the minister. The objective of the Ontario Campus Free Speech Policy is to ensure […]

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Exploring Postsecondary Credentials and Labour Market Alignment in Ontario

Exploring Postsecondary Credentials and Labour Market Alignment in Ontario was written by Julia Colyar, Sarah Brumwell and Janice Deakin, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. Exploring Postsecondary Credentials and Labour Market Alignment in Ontario Ontario’s current credentials are meeting the needs of the labour market As the province’s postsecondary credential offerings are expanded, a new […]

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College and University Baccalaureate Degrees: Another Look at Costs

College and University Baccalaureate Degrees: Another Look at Costs was written by Ken Snowdon. Expanding Three-year Degrees to Colleges — a look at costs for students, institutions and government An examination of the cost implications of expanding the offering of three-year undergraduate degrees by Ontario’s colleges finds that additional costs would accrue to students, institutions […]

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Who Grants Degrees? An Overview of Ontario’s Evolving Credential Landscape

Who Grants Degrees? An Overview of Ontario’s Evolving Credential Landscape was written by Julia Colyar, Ryan Tishcoff & Janice Deakin, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. New HEQCO report details the history of credential expansion in Ontario A new report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) charts the influences that have shaped […]

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Ontario Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Experiences of Ontario First-year Postsecondary Students in 2020–21

Ontario Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Experiences of Ontario First-year Postsecondary Students in 2020–21 was written by Jeffrey Napierala, Natalie Pilla, Jackie Pichette & Julia Colyar, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. A study of the first cohort to enter postsecondary during the pandemic reveals consistent challenges and key recommendations A study of students who […]

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Dr. Karin Schnarr appointed chair of HEQCO Board of Directors

Toronto, March 24, 2022 – Dr. Karin Schnarr, an associate professor of policy at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics (Lazaridis School) at Wilfrid Laurier University, has been appointed as chair of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario’s (HEQCO) Board of Directors for a three-year term ending June 2024, succeeding interim chair Patricia […]

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Creating a University ‘Graduation Predictor’

A recent study outlines an approach that can help universities predict where, and when, to intervene with student supports. Taking a cue from K-12 research — where experts have long studied predictive factors related to overall achievement — the authors show how GPA and credits achieved in a student’s first year of study, and whether […]