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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.


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