Is there a Best Fit? Assessing Alternative Entrance Pathways into an Undergraduate Degree for Non-Traditional Students at York University

Report examines alternate entrance pathways for non-traditional students There is no one-size-fits-all pathway into university for non-traditional students as they face different barriers and require varied supports, according to a new study from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO). Examining four entrance pathways into York University for non-traditional students, the report finds that […]

Understanding the Gender Gap in Postsecondary Education Participation The Importance of High School Choices and Outcomes

Gender Gap in University Participation Traces Back to Early High School Decisions Recent studies show that women account for more than 60% of Canadian university graduates. A new study by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) finds that the university gender gap can be explained by choices and academic performance in high school, […]

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…

Multiple Case Study Evaluation of Postsecondary Bridging Programs for Internationally Educated Health Professionals

Funding, Lack of Clinical Placements are Challenges for International Health Bridging Programs Internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) are those who have completed health care training in another country, but who may not have the educational, professional or language requirements to be licensed to practice in Canada. Bridging programs are designed to meet the unique needs […]

Opportunities for Non-Traditional Pathways to Postsecondary Education in Ontario: Exploring the Dual Credit and School within a College Programs

Dual credit programs ease transition into postsecondary education Targeted to high school students at risk of not obtaining their diplomas, the Dual Credit and School Within a College (SWAC) programs at George Brown College help students graduate from high school, improve their grades and ease their transition into postsecondary education (PSE), according to a new […]

Employed Adult Learners in Ontario and Canada: Engaged and Disengaged

Research Summary: For employed adults, learning activities don’t (and shouldn’t) end at graduation The individual and social benefits of lifelong learning are well established and numerous government programs are in place to encourage adult participation in continued learning. But a new study from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) and Employment and Social […]

Understanding the Determinants of Academic Success in Apprenticeship Programs at Mohawk College

Research Summary: ​Mohawk College study explores apprenticeship pathways and outcomes A new HEQCO study explores apprenticeship pathways at Mohawk College, which offers the largest variety of apprenticeship programs in Ontario. The study,  Understanding the Determinants of Academic Success in Apprenticeship Programs at Mohawk College , finds that regardless of the type of apprenticeship program, apprentices take five […]

Non-Traditional Postsecondary Education Pathways of Adult Learners in the Toronto District School Board: Evaluating the Influence of Individual and Neighbourhood Characteristics

Research Summary: Adult learners overwhelmingly plan to attend college, but far fewer actually enroll Like many school boards, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) offers continuing education options to assist adult learners as they develop the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue postsecondary education (PSE). A new study from the Higher Education Quality Council of […]

Returning to High School in Ontario Adult Students Postsecondary Plans and Program Supports

Research Summary: Adult high school students aiming for higher education Most adults return to high school because they want to pursue postsecondary education, according to a new study from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO). The most often cited reasons for going back were the need for a better paying job, to train […]