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Content in this category pertains to material about college or university education, including enrollment, attrition and completion rates as well as trends around focus of study.

2013 Alumni Perspectives Survey

The findings in the 2013 Alumni Perspectives Survey report answer these questions and others that address current economic and regional trends affecting alumni of MBA and other business master’s programs.

2014 National Freshman Attitudes Report

Results of a new US survey suggest that almost half of first-year PSE students are looking for career counselling, and that 67% of entering students want help developing an education plan that will allow them to “get a good job.” 93% of incoming female students, compared to 88% of incoming males, expressed a greater commitment to completing their educational goals. The survey, which asked 100,000 first years in 2013 about their needs and desires for career planning assistance, also reveals that incoming students aged 25 and older were clearer on their career direction than their younger counterparts, but that 41% of these older students still wanted career counseling.

2015 RBC Student Finances Poll

The 2015 RBC Student Finances Poll was conducted by Ipsos Reid through a national online survey of 1,003 students aged 17 to 24 and of 1,001 parents of students in post-secondary school (as of September 2015). Data were collected from June 23 to July 7, 2015. RBC’s 2015 Student Finances Poll shows that students and parents have different priorities when it comes to university. According to the poll, 45% of student respondents said that getting a job after graduation was their top concern, while 38% said making enough money to support themselves was their top priority; being happy with their future career came in third at 36%. Meanwhile, 44% of parents polled said that their top concern was that their child’s program would help them land a job that would make them happy, while only 40% said that having their child find a job after graduation was most important. While 82% of students said they worried about covering student debt and living costs, only 70% of parents expressed the same worry.

A Blueprint for Success: Case Studies of Successful Pre-College Outreach Programs

Case studies of Pre-­College Outreach Programs in the United States that help at-risk and other, less-prepared students prepare for and succeed in post-secondary  education. 

A New Measure of College Quality to Study the Effects of College Sector and Peers on Degree Attainment

Students who attend 2-year community colleges are less likely to earn a bachelor’s degree in six years than those who go straight into 4-year colleges, according to a new report by the National Bureau of Economic Research. However, the study found that there was significant variation in the level of preparation different 2-year colleges gave their graduates.

A new paradigm for education and career goal development

We’ve heard the debates about how much postsecondary institutions should focus on training students to enter specific careers. Many argue that the traditional role of these institutions—especially universities—is to equip students with the reflective and critical thinking skills they’ll need for a lifetime of learning. Others argue that institutions should provide students with an education that helps them find good jobs after graduation. But what if this entire debate is based on a false choice? What if the same skills that encourage reflective, critical thinking are also the bedrock for finding and pursuing a meaningful career?

A Report on the Postsecondary Decisions of High-Achieving Students in Ontario

High-achieving students in Ontario plan earlier for PSE and most consider it as a given in their lives, according to new research from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. 

A Skills Beyond School Commentary on Canada

This commentary is one of a series of country reports on postsecondary vocational education and training (VET) in OECD countries, prepared as part of an OECD study. The series includes reviews, involving an in-depth analysis of a country system leading to a set of policy recommendations backed by analysis.

A World of Learning: Canada’s Performance and Potential in International Education

This annual report explores the state of international education in Canada, taking an in-depth look at international students, study abroad by Canadian students, Canadian education overseas, as well as the overall internationalization agenda in Canada. The report features results of an international student survey and case studies from member institutions, and examines options for taking Canada to a higher level as an international education destination, as well as the factors which could support or impede the country’s efforts.

Add tech to a humanities degree to bridge the employment gap

Nikki Wiart of Maclean’s discusses how combining STEM and humanities studies has allowed many students to bridge the employment gap. Wiart discusses how Burning Glass Technologies found that when a liberal arts grad paired a technical skill with their education, the number of jobs available to them doubled and their salary premium increased by 14%. “You need some people who are holistic thinkers and have liberal arts backgrounds, and some who are deep functional experts,” says Google Senior Vice-president of People Operations, Laszlo Bockhe. “Building that balance is hard, but that’s where you end up building great societies, great organizations.” Wiart goes on to discuss how Canadian postsecondary schools have embarked on a variety of new programs, offerings, and opportunities to respond to the demand for interdisciplinary skills.

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