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HEQCO/College Dialogue on Learning Research

The Council’s second workshop brought together representatives from all of Ontario’s 24 colleges of applied arts and technology to discuss learning quality. The HEQCO/College Dialogue on Learning Research – Present and Future was held on October 17, 2007 and focused on the current state of the colleges’ learning related data gathering and research, sharing of successful practices in […]

Education Decisions of Canadian Youth (Abstract)

Research Summary: A Synthesis Report on Access to Postsecondary Education This report is a synopsis of the published research on access to higher education in Canada. The report serves to provide an understanding of the education decisions that students make beginning in grade 10 and continuing throughout high school and postsecondary education. The purpose of […]

HEQCO Discussion Paper: Priorities and Research Agenda (Abstract)

Research Summary: The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) is seeking comments on the priorities and research agenda it should adopt during its initial years of operation. In recent years ​the Ontario government has made significant changes in its policy framework for postsecondary education. The creation of the Council is one of these changes. By statute, the […]

National Survey of Student Engagement Workshop

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Workshop was an important event for HEQCO. It was our first public research venture and focused on two key components of our research plan – learning quality and accountability. It signaled our intent to work closely with established experts to build on existing research and analysis. Finally, it was a valuable opportunity to “test drive” a workshop model that we hope to use on future occasions.

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Destreaming in Ontario: History, Evidence and Educator Reflections

Destreaming in Ontario high schools should be expanded to all core subjects in Grades 9 and 10 Ontario is the only province in the country that separates students into academic and non-academic streams as early as Grade 9. Evidence from both Ontario and international contexts has shown this practice disadvantages many students, especially racialized and […]

Improving the Accessibility of Remote Higher Education: Lessons from the pandemic and recommendations

New study examines how COVID-19 pandemic has amplified challenges for students with disabilities and offers recommendations for improving accessible remote learning The sudden shift to remote learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has important implications for accessibility in postsecondary education. A new study from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) finds that, on […]