Informing the Future of Higher Education


Improving Numeracy Skills of Postsecondary Students: What is the Way Forward?

Universities, colleges have role to play in teaching numeracy skills, report argues Teaching numeracy skills shouldn’t be the sole purview of the province’s primary and secondary schools; colleges and universities also have a role to play, concludes a new report by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO). The report, Improving Numeracy Skills of […]

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Jeffrey Napierala and Amy Kaufman – For international students, postsecondary education is not just about academics

In the months since the pandemic forced all postsecondary education online, students have been concerned about getting the full value for their money. While most of the attention has focused on the challenges of delivering courses online, we should not forget that classroom learning is not the only reason people attend colleges and universities — students […]

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Sarah Brumwell and Jackie Pichette — Behind the numbers: How students are using a free skills-training platform

In 2017, the Ontario Government purchased three years of blanket access to the self-service online learning platform Lynda.com (now LinkedIn Learning) for the province’s public colleges and universities. eCampusOntario, tasked with managing the licence, partnered with HEQCO to evaluate the potential for this investment to help address perceived skills gaps among Ontario’s postsecondary students. As part of […]

​Dr. Daniel Woolf joins HEQCO Board of Directors

Daniel Woolf, Principal Emeritus of Queen’s University, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), effective April 24, 2020. Having served as Queen’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor between 2009 and 2019, Dr. Woolf remains a professor in the Department of History at Queen’s. He is a fellow […]

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Amy Kaufman – Whither new grads? Labour market prospects and outcomes of the class of 2020

At the start of the year, the class of 2020 was expecting to graduate from college or university into a healthy labour market. Instead, the pandemic has reshaped the economy — and the career trajectories of new grads — virtually overnight. What does this mean for grads entering the labour market, and how can governments ensure they […]

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Jackie Pichette and Rosanna Tamburri — An agile system of lifelong learning is needed now more than ever

Measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 have left the economy reeling. Employment in Ontario fell by a record 403,000 jobs, or 5.3%, in March from February, according to Statistics Canada. The province’s unemployment rate rose to 7.6%, up from 5.5%, the largest monthly increase on record.* No one could have predicted the severity of the COVID-19 […]


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 […]

BHER and HEQCO partner on microcredentials research to improve skills development

Fuelled by a shared interest in skills development and training, the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) is proud to partner with the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) to conduct research that will improve collective understanding of microcredentials to inform future development and delivery. https://www.bher.ca/news/bher-and-heqco-partner-microcredentials-research-improve-skills-development