There is growing interest in defining and measuring educational quality in the Ontario postsecondary system. Educational institutions and the Ontario government want reliable data to help them identify effective educational practices as well as areas for improvement that will keep students in school, improve their academic performance and increase graduation rates.

While there is considerable discussion about what constitutes “quality” in higher education, HEQCO targets its research on measureable elements that some, but perhaps not all, individuals would include as indicators of quality. Among the issues we investigate:

  • Are students satisfied with their PSE experience?
  • Do students acquire the knowledge and skills they need to exceed in their personal and professional lives?

What You Need to Know

  • More than 87 per cent of Ontario college students are satisfied with their programs
  • Ontario university faculty believe that research is more valued than teaching
  • Employers are looking for skills in communications, teamwork and integrity


Piloting the CLA in Ontario

April 17, 2014

Mary Catharine Lennon, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO)

AHELO: The Ontario Experience

April 17, 2014

Mary Catharine Lennon and Linda Jonker, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO)

Assessing the Impact of Interactive Sampling Using Audience Response Systems

March 25, 2014

Irina Ghilic, Michelle L. Cadieux, Joseph A. Kim and David I. Shore, McMaster University

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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