Informing the Future of Higher Education


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 […]

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Jessica Rizk and Amy Kaufman – Lessons from COVID: What the PSE sector can learn from the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced postsecondary institutions, faculty, staff and students to adapt quickly and without an instruction manual. From the emergency shift from face-to-face to remote learning, to the financial vulnerability of some institutions, to concerns about mental and physical health in the face of prolonged physical distancing, this is a moment in history unlike anything we’ve seen […]

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Jeffrey Napierala – Caught in the middle: Many postsecondary students are struggling financially

While postsecondary students have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in numerous ways, they have been hit particularly hard in their ability to find work and earn wages over the summer. Roughly two-thirds report that their income will be disrupted by the pandemic compared to just one-third of other adults in Canada. While several federal aid programs have […]

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Jessica Rizk and Amy Kaufman – Revisiting the research: What does good online learning look like?

Faculty and staff at Ontario’s postsecondary institutions demonstrated Herculean dedication and diligence when they transitioned their face-to-face courses to online and remote delivery in only a matter of days this past March. Despite an impressive collective effort, the virtual learning experienced by many students did not reflect the best-case scenario of planned, intentional, universally designed […]

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Jackie Pichette and Jessica Rizk – Three recommendations for accessible remote learning

Adapting to the realities of remote schooling has been challenging. Since the COVID-19 pandemic sent our province into a state of emergency, many students have had to turn bedrooms into offices, kitchen tables into classrooms and parking lots into hotspots. While all Ontario learners have had to adapt to overcome barriers, those barriers have been […]

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 […]


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