HEQCO has produced or commissioned more than 126 research studies on postsecondary access, quality and accountability. While we regularly share our research with hundreds of people involved in the sector, including government, academic leaders and media, we can’t really expect the beleaguered press to tell our story to the broader public as often as we’d like. So we’re taking it to the streets.
Welcome to HEQCO’s first community report, Informing the Future of Higher Education. We hope you will enjoy an expanded version of the report that appeared in the June 16 edition of the Toronto Star. It presents our research findings relevant to key questions asked by three Ontarians: an Oakwood Collegiate high school student, a Mohawk College student, and the Scarborough parent of three children who will be of postsecondary age within the next decade. They ask:
- Will I be able to go to college or university?
- Will I graduate with the skills I need to be successful personally and professionally?
- What will postsecondary education look like by the time my kids get there?
Part of our mandate, as outlined in the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario Act (2005), is to report annually to the public on the accessibility, quality and accountability of the Ontario postsecondary sector. We’ve produced three annual evaluations of Ontario’s postsecondary system and they are available on this website. This year, in featuring real people asking real questions about higher education, we’re making our report, and oft times complex research, more accessible to Ontarians. Given that much of our research focuses on groups that are currently underrepresented in higher education, we hope that Informing the Future of Higher Education will both inform and provide some encouragement to those who might not have considered higher education as an option. Please feel free to comment on the report. Wherever you see the phrase “Tell us what you think,” just click and comment, and your words will be shared through this blog. As Harvey would say, thanks for reading.