Almost three-quarters of new jobs in Canada will require a postsecondary education credential. While enrolments   at Ontario’s colleges and universities are at record levels, certain socio-economic groups are under-represented in the postsecondary system – among them low-income, Aboriginal, first-generation (where neither parent has attended a postsecondary institution) and persons with disabilities.

 HEQCO research is particularly focused on:

  • whether students from these under-represented groups access and complete higher education in appropriate numbers and, if not,
  • what strategies will increase their participation and maximize the probability that they will graduate. 

What You Need to Know

  • Parental education may be the most important determinant of who pursues PSE
  • Students from under-represented groups are more reluctant to take out loans for school
  • Only 50 per cent of lowest income full-time university students applied to OSAP in 2007-08


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

December 3, 2013

Martin Dooley and Abigail Payne, with the assistance of Karen Armstrong, Public Economics Data Analysis Laboratory (PEDAL), McMaster University

Intentions For and Outcomes Following a Decade of Government Investment in Graduate Education

November 5, 2013

Fred L. Hall; and Hillary Arnold of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario

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

October 8, 2013

Paul Anisef, York University, Robert Brown, Toronto District School Board, and Karen Robson, York University in collaboration with Lisa Newton, Toronto District School Board

Quick Stats

Quick Stats is a snapshot of current statistics and trends in Ontario postsecondary education. HEQCO has compiled information on a number of key subjects including applicants, enrolment, student satisfaction, graduates, labour market performance and much more.

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