Research

Colleges Ontario is a resource for government, educators, public opinion leaders and many others. Colleges Ontario produces quality research annually that addresses issues in higher education and training.

External Reports

2016 UCAS University and College Applicant Study

A summary of the findings of the 2016 Ontario college applicant survey.

 

2015 UCAS University and College Applicant Study

A summary of the findings of the 2015 Ontario college applicant survey.

 

2014 UCAS University and College Applicant Study

A summary of the findings of the 2014 Ontario college applicant survey.

 

2013 UCAS University and College Applicant Study

A summary of the findings of the 2013 Ontario college applicant survey.

 

2012 UCAS University and College Applicant Study

A summary of the findings of the 2012 Ontario college applicant survey.

 

2011 UCAS University and College Applicant Study

A summary of the findings of the 2011 Ontario college applicant survey.

 

Protecting Our Most Valuable Resource: The Business Case for Lifelong Learning and Job-Based Training

This report from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce outlines the impact of knowledge on innovation and the economy, and calls for expanded government support for a broad-based workforce training system.

2010 UCAS University and College Applicant Study

A summary of the findings of the 2010 Ontario college applicant survey.

 

Patterns of Student Persistence: The Ontario College Reality

This report examines graduation rates and the pathways of postsecondary education. Findings include the fact that the graduation rates reflected by Key Performance Indicators do not take into account those students who transfer to other programs and/or institutions. When these factors are considered the actual graduation rate rises to move than 70 per cent.

 

People Without Jobs, Jobs Without People: Ontario's Labour Market Future

For the first time, a report examines the intersection of two mega trends: an aging population and an emerging knowledge economy. Dr. Rick Miner’s report, People Without Jobs, Jobs Without People: Ontario's Labour Market Future examines the labour market crisis and suggests what solutions should be explored to address this

challenge.

 

The Financial Benefits of Enhanced College Credential and Credit Recognition in Ontario

This report is a study of the potential economic benefits to students, government and the economy that would come from the development of a transparent and coordinated system for transferring completed post-secondary credits in Ontario.

   

2009 UCAS University and College Applicant Study

This report summarizes the findings of the 2009 Ontario college applicant survey.

   

Workforce Requirements: Recession and Recovery

The following is a report from Ontario's Workforce Shortage Coalition on the steps required to address skills challenges, during the recession and over the longer term. The report is based on provincewide consultations with 700 individuals and organizations representing business, labour, education and government.

   

2008 UCAS University and College Applicant Study

This report summarizes the findings of the 2008 Ontario college applicant survey.

   

When Efficiency Becomes a Liability:
Capital Funding Priorities in the Ontario College System

This report outlines the capital funding priorities of Ontario’s colleges and provides an analysis of college infrastructure as it affects planning issues and funding requirements.

   

Postsecondary Education and Skills Summit Discussion Guide:
The Future of Postsecondary Education and Skills Training in Canada

This discussion guide was prepared by the governments of Ontario and Quebec for stakeholders attending the Postsecondary Education and Skills Traing Summit in February 2006. Discussion themes include access, quality, funding, and research and innovation.

   

Double Cohort Study: Ministry of Education

This report is the final of four studies of the Double Cohort conducted between 2003-05. The goals of the study were to develop projections of student application rates to Ontario colleges and universities for the double cohort year (2003-04) and beyond, and to examine the impact of the new Ontario secondary school curriculum.

   

Ontario Adult Education Review: MTCU

A review of Ontario’s adult education programs, conducted in 2004, proposes a new policy framework for adult education and recommends actions that would support and improve adult education.

   

Rae Report: Ontario - A Leader in Learning

The work of a review panel led by former Ontario premier Bob Rae, this report contains a series of recommendations to advance and improve postsecondary education in Ontario, including a substantial reinvestment in the college system.

   

A Comparative Analysis of the Balance Between
College and University Enrolment in the United States and Ontario

This report analyzes the work of the Ontario government’s Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress.  Among its conclusions is a finding that Ontario has a lower proportion of its postsecondary enrolment at the college level than does its peers.

   

A Comparative Analysis of College Expenditure
in the United States and Ontario

This report examines data on operating expenditure per student at colleges in the United States and Canada and concludes that students in Ontario support a higher proportion of college operating expenditure than do students in the United States.