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​The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario employs a multifaceted research approach in fulfilling its mandate.  HEQCO develops policy recommendations and publishes reports and other publications that inform the postsecondary education-interested community in Ontario, Canada and around the world. Specifically, HEQCO:

  • Conducts and commissions studies and evaluations, often in partnership with Ontario’s colleges and universities, on key issues in accessibility, quality and accountability.
  • Produces @Issue Papers that synthesize the most current data and research – providing postsecondary decision-makers and the general public with critical insight and information on emerging trends in postsecondary education.
  • Evaluates the postsecondary sector and makes that evaluation available to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, and the general public.

HEQCO’s research approach is inclusive, bringing together researchers and practitioners from across the sector through major projects, expert discussion papers, conferences, workshops and colloquia.

Various organizations and individuals have considerable and valuable expertise in postsecondary education research. In collaboration with some of the best thinkers on issues related to higher education, HEQCO issues requests for proposals (RFPs) and enters into contract agreements and partnerships with other research organizations.