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Research Area:

Post-secondary Education - Demand and Supply Issues

Participation in post-secondary education is a major boost for personal fulfilment and labour market rewards. It is also a key to sustained economic and social progress. An environment that encourages all young people to engage in post-secondary education is highly desirable on both equity and efficiency grounds. Relevant research questions to explore include:

What factors affect access to post-secondary education today and for whom? In particular, what is the role of

  • Early childhood education?
  • Financial factors, including parental saving?
  • The family as a motivating influence? and
  • Career guidance and counselling?
  • Does the post-secondary education system meet the demands placed upon it?

What is the effect of limited institutional capacity on access and program choice, especially for low-income students?

  • Are the number and quality of post-secondary graduates meeting employers' demand for skills and knowledge?
  • Is there a need for greater specialization on the part of universities?
  • Research proposals in this area are currently under development. Please watch our site for future postings of publications.


Title Type Publishedsort desc.
What’s Next? Report on the Forum on the Future of Higher Education in Canada Research Report 23 Oct 2008
Enhancing the Flow of Supply and Demand Information among Training Institutions, Students, and Employers Research Report 16 Oct 2008
The Labour Crunch: Waste Not, Want Not Policy Briefs 19 Apr 2007
Fostering Quality in Canada's Post-secondary Institutions Presentation 8 Mar 2007
Getting to College or University Not Just About Money Policy Briefs 30 Nov 2006
Fostering Quality in Canada's Post-secondary Institutions Research Report 7 Sep 2006
Innovation and Differentiation in Canada's Post-secondary Institutions Research Report 2 Jun 2006
Without a Roadmap: Government Funding and Regulation of Canada's Universities and Colleges Research Report 9 Dec 2005
Quality of Post-secondary Education: What We Don't Know Is Hurting Us Commentary 27 May 2005
Measuring the Quality of Post-secondary Education: Concepts, Current Practices and a Strategic Plan Research Report 8 Apr 2005
Getting There and Staying There: Low-income Students and Post-secondary Education Research Report 24 Mar 2005
Research Summary Table: Access to PSE Other 24 Mar 2005
CPRN's Project on Achieving Access and Excellence in Canada's Post-Secondary Institutions Presentation 7 Feb 2005
A Family Affair: The Impact of Paying for College or University Research Report 25 Jun 2004