Lisa Philipps, Joseph Turcotte and Leslie Nichols – The downsides of postsecondary co-op work placements

Canadian higher education is entering a new age of “work-integrated” learning. More and more students are seeking a co-op placements, internships or other hands-on work experience as part of their postsecondary program.Long present at community colleges, universities are now also moving into this space, and policy makers are urging them to do more. The most recent federal budget earmarked $73-million for experiential learning partnerships. Ontario […]

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EduData – Ontario PhD Grads by Discipline

This spring, we published an examination of employment outcomes for Ontario PhD graduates from the class of 2009. Ontario’s PhD Graduates from 2009: Where are they now? found that more than 50% are working in higher education. Arguably more interesting are the employment outcomes of the 35% of 2009 PhD graduates who are working outside academia. Who are these folks? Where do they work? What […]

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Anne Krook – On mom, jobs and humanities grads

Like a lot of parents, my mother worried that I would never find work with my undergraduate English degree.  One line I especially hated to hear from her was “The jobs are all going away!”  Now that I have spent a couple decades hiring people with humanities degrees, I think differently about what she said and what it means for those graduates.“The jobs are all […]

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Martin Hicks and Fiona Deller – An Homage to Good Data

Those of us focused on facts rather than anecdotes have known all along that the alleged collapse of employment opportunities for higher education graduates is untrue.  At HEQCO, we have published on this.  And now comes a major breakthrough, a significant step forward, in our data-driven understanding of outcomes for Canadian college and university graduates.  We are referring to Barista or Better, the newest release […]

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Ontario’s PhD Graduates from 2009, where are they now?

Ontario’s PhD Graduates from 2009 Where are they now? You might have heard that getting a PhD isn’t worth it, that job opportunities for graduates are scarce – even after 23+ total years in school. Is it true?We checked in on the 2009 class of PhDs from Ontario universities. There were 2,310 graduates. They have had six years to settle into the job market.We used […]

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