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Major study explores why young people are not pursuing higher learning

Ontario's 24 colleges have commissioned the most comprehensive research study ever conducted into the attitudes of ...


November 27, 2007  


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Ontario’s 24 colleges have commissioned the most comprehensive research study ever conducted into the attitudes of high school students who won’t be pursuing any post-secondary education after high school.

"Ontario needs to understand why so many people are not fulfilling their potential," said Linda Franklin, president and CEO of Colleges Ontario.

“Post-secondary education and training is becoming a necessity in today’s workplace, yet one-third of Ontario citizens ages 25 to 34 have only a high school education, or less. We need to know what Ontario must do to address this.”

This first of its kind study, commissioned by Colleges Ontario, is being conducted by Alan King and Wendy Warren of Queen’s University’s Social Program Evaluation Group (SPEG). The initial phase of the $250,000 study is scheduled to be completed next fall.

The study will seek to determine the characteristics of those secondary school students who do not proceed to post-secondary education. The study will consider a broad range of variables including demographic considerations, education and geography.