What’s the Story? National Media Coverage of Higher Education in Canada

Canadian media coverage of postsecondary education on the decline Coverage of postsecondary education in Canadian print media outlets is declining and has been trending downward since the mid-2000s , says a new report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO). What’s the Story? National Media Coverage of Higher Education in Canada also finds that government […]

Approaches to net tuition: an environmental scan

OSAP reform:  toward more accessible , affordable and cost transparent higher ed Over the next three years , Ontario will be redesigning its postsecondary financial aid system to make public higher education in the province more accessible , affordable and cost transparent.  The two-phase redesign of the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) includes consolidation of […]

International Students in Ontario’s Postsecondary Education System , 2000-2012: An evaluation of changing policies , populations and labour market entry processes

The average international student is male and attends college in the GTA according to new report A new report published by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) finds that Ontario is the primary destination for international students coming to Canada. The report documents the average international student profile , the rise in international […]

Affiliated and Federated Universities as Sources of University Differentiation

Affiliated / federated universities valuable players in Ontario’s postsecondary system Ontario has 16 affiliated and federated universities that are historically church-governed but became associated with one of the province’s publicly supported universities as primarily secular institutions. A new study from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) says that these institutions provide a distinctive […]

Measuring the Economic Impact of Postsecondary Institutions

Input/output economic impact studies only tell part of the story Economic impact studies have become a staple of postsecondary institutional accountability but the basic ‘input-output’ approach, while relatively simple and inexpensive to undertake, is telling only part of the story – and not the part that’s of greatest interest to the public or government decision-makers, […]

The Role of Intermediary Bodies in Enhancing Quality and Sustainability in Higher Education

Intermediary bodies useful to advancing postsecondary quality and sustainability An intermediary or “buffer” body between government and postsecondary institutions can help promote both higher quality and financial sustainability, according to a new report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO). Defined by report author David Trick as a government agency “that occupies a […]

Public Policy on Public Policy Schools

More transparency needed in public policy program differentiation Over the last decade, Canada has seen dramatic growth in the number of graduate programs in public policy and public administration. A new report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) finds that while this proliferation is fundamentally good, there should be greater transparency in […]

Canadian Postsecondary Performance: Impact 2015

Money can’t buy you love. When it comes to Canadian universities, the level of funding doesn’t predict performance…

Outcomes based funding Current status promising practices and emerging trends

The evolution of outcomes-based funding: Institutional mission matters Outcomes-based funding – linking government funding to institutional performance based on identified outcomes – is relatively new to postsecondary systems that have long been accustomed to dollars driven by enrolment. But funding formulas are the most powerful government instruments available to steer system changes and the behaviour […]