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 this report is to explore the monetary factors (household income, scholarships and grants) and non-monetary factors (gender, culture, community size, social and academic engagement, parental influences, peer influences, etc) that influence the completion of secondary school as well as postsecondary participation and persistence.
About the author:
In summer 2007, Serena Cheung was a student employee at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. Serena holds a BSc in human kinetics from the University of Guelph, and is currently pursuing studies at Columbia University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.