Publications

HEQCO conducts and commissions studies and evaluations, often in partnership with Ontario’s colleges and universities, on key issues in accessibility, quality and accountability. Various organizations and individuals have considerable and valuable expertise in postsecondary education research. The research publications below reflect this collaboration with some of the best thinkers on issues related to higher education. Join our mailing list and keep current with the latest HEQCO research.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Hamilton Community Research Partnership project shows the potential benefits of data-sharing coalitions

In Ontario, information on a student’s educational journey from kindergarten through to postsecondary education (PSE) is tracked through the Ontario Education Number (OEN). However, data connected via the OEN is restricted to the Ontario government — and even then, OEN-linked data access is “limited and highly discretionary” preventing educational institutions, the PSE sector and the […]

Remote Opportunities for Adult Learners: Analyzing Ontario College Application Data During COVID-19

Remote Opportunities for Adult Learners: Analyzing Ontario College Application Data During COVID-19 was written by Jackie Pichette, Hagar Effah (Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario) and Melissa Fritz (OCAS). Remote Opportunities for Adult Learners: Analyzing Ontario College Application Data During COVID-19 Impacts of COVID-19 on College Applications – did the pandemic increase opportunities for adult […]

Exploring Postsecondary Credentials and Labour Market Alignment in Ontario

Exploring Postsecondary Credentials and Labour Market Alignment in Ontario was written by Julia Colyar, Sarah Brumwell and Janice Deakin, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. Exploring Postsecondary Credentials and Labour Market Alignment in Ontario Ontario’s current credentials are meeting the needs of the labour market As the province’s postsecondary credential offerings are expanded, a new […]

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College and University Baccalaureate Degrees: Another Look at Costs

College and University Baccalaureate Degrees: Another Look at Costs was written by Ken Snowdon. Expanding Three-year Degrees to Colleges — a look at costs for students, institutions and government An examination of the cost implications of expanding the offering of three-year undergraduate degrees by Ontario’s colleges finds that additional costs would accrue to students, institutions […]

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Who Grants Degrees? An Overview of Ontario’s Evolving Credential Landscape

Who Grants Degrees? An Overview of Ontario’s Evolving Credential Landscape was written by Julia Colyar, Ryan Tishcoff & Janice Deakin, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. New HEQCO report details the history of credential expansion in Ontario A new report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) charts the influences that have shaped […]

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Ontario Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Experiences of Ontario First-year Postsecondary Students in 2020–21

Ontario Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Experiences of Ontario First-year Postsecondary Students in 2020–21 was written by Jeffrey Napierala, Natalie Pilla, Jackie Pichette & Julia Colyar, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. A study of the first cohort to enter postsecondary during the pandemic reveals consistent challenges and key recommendations A study of students who […]