Research Publications

Mature Students In Ontario’s Colleges

February 6th, 2014

Mature students in Ontario’s colleges access a higher education system that was not built for them but was constructed for students who enter college directly after the completion of their high school education. In contrast, mature students have fewer linear paths and as a result come across issues that may not be experienced by other students in the college system. It is vitally important that mature students are supported by the government, the college, and other post-secondary education stakeholders as they pursue higher education.

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International Education in Ontario Colleges

May 13th, 2013

This paper examines the policies surrounding international students and international education from the perspective of college students in Ontario. The goal of this paper is to inform the discussion on the federal, provincial, and institutional policies surrounding international students as they pursue Ontario credentials and international education in general. International student currently represent about 10% of the overall college population. Their experiences are different from typical college students’, in part because international students undergo a different process of applying to an Ontario college. Furthermore, these students typically come from cultures that are different than that of Ontario, and may have difficulties in adapting to the way of life and the stresses associated with being an international student. It is important to make sure there are supports in place to address the differing needs these students have as they study in Ontario.

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First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Students in Ontario’s Post-Secondary Education System

December 18th, 2012

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) peoples are the youngest and fastest-growing demographic in Canada, yet they face a variety of barriers that hinder their educational success. These barriers include, but are not limited to, financial, institutional, historical, geographical, educational, and personal barriers, many of which often intersect. To tackle these barriers, there needs to be a coordinated and holistic approach to resolve the issues that students encounter as they pursue higher education.

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Credit Transfer and Student Mobility in Ontario

May 18th, 2012

To give students the maximum benefit of our post-secondary education system and the widest possible choice of their learning experience, students must be able to move from one institution to another across provincial and/or territorial boundaries. This Credit Transfer and Student Mobility in Ontario document outlines the issues and provides recommendations that will lead Ontario to a credit transfer system that is workable, transparent and sustainable.

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Mental Health in Ontario’s Post-Secondary Education System

May 16th, 2012

This policy paper discusses what it means to be mentally healthy and how it relates to the post-secondary education (PSE) sphere in Ontario. It provides recommendations to improve support services and recognition on college campuses and explains recent trends with youth and how their time in PSE can be used to set the foundation for healthy lifestyle habits and choices.

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Effecting Change through Education: Aboriginal Students in Ontario’s Post-Secondary Education System

November 4th, 2011

Aboriginal students pursuing a post-secondary education (PSE) in Ontario face many challenges that hinder their success, including financial, historical, educational, personal, institutional, and geographical barriers. The goal of this issue paper is to provide background information on key issues, and inform the development of comprehensive policy recommendations for Aboriginal PSE success.

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The Challenge Ahead: Averting a Skills Crisis in Ontario

October 4th, 2011

In response to the growing skills crisis in Ontario, the Ontario’s Workforce Shortage Coalition has opened the dialogue between employers, industry professionals, educators, students and government on how Ontario can and should address this impending crisis.

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Combating Poverty: PSE Attainment and Alleviating Pressure on Ontario’s Social Safety Net

October 4th, 2011

In partnership with the Ontario Association of Food Banks, Town & Gown Association of Ontario and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, the CSA has released a submission to the Minister of Children & Youth Services’ Poverty Reduction Consultations on how the government can combat poverty for college, college/university and university students.

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Workforce Requirements: Recession & Recovery

October 4th, 2011

CSA as part of Ontario’s Workforce Shortage Coalition (OWSC),  has released its report on recommendations to strengthen the province’s workforce to meet the challenges of the recession and the longer-term challenge of a skills shortage.

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Sleepwalking Towards the Precipice

September 4th, 2010

With our provincial and national partners, we have joined together to draw attention to the fact that without the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, Canada’s student aid system will be short some $350 million.

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HST & You: What Tax Modernization Means to the Ontario Student

February 4th, 2010

This paper and fact sheet explain in simple terms how changes to Ontario’s tax system will affect you, the student.  Beginning July 1st, 2010, Ontario will be harmonizing the federal General Sales Tax (GST) and with the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) into a combined tax called  HST (Harmonized Sales Tax).

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Strength & Prosperity: The Social and Economic Advantage of Access to Applied Learning

November 4th, 2009

With the ending of the McGuinty government’s five year investment inReaching Higher, the CSA has put together Strength & Prosperity, which looks at what should be in a long-term vision or strategy for PSE  moving forward.

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Roadmap to Excellence: Understanding Quality through Learning and Continual Improvement

October 4th, 2009

The CSA has released its first ever peer-reviewed research paper.  Roadmap to Excellence, defines quality and proposes how quality could be measured.  The paper also examines the distinction between quality assurance and quality control, and how this distinction is very important in achieving program- and institution-level quality.

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Highlighting Education: a blueprint for improving Ontario’s PSE system

December 4th, 2007

With the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), we have united the college and university student perspective with several recommendations on how to improve the accessibility, affordability and quality of PSE in Ontario.

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Seamless Pathways to Lifelong Learning

July 4th, 2007

Seamless Pathways presses the point that Ontario is far behind when it comes to recognizing prior learning and credentials from other Ontario publicly funded institutions.

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Education Generation

February 4th, 2007

In partnership with our provincial and national stakeholders, Education Generation:, speaks to a blueprint for an economically competitive and socially just Canada and the important role a national government must play in PSE.

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College: Canada’s Advantage

December 4th, 2006

This is CSA’s submission to the federal government’s Advantage Canada consultations. Our recommendations are focused on how the government should improve the knowledge advantage in Canada.

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Strengthening Canada’s Investment in PSE and Training

September 4th, 2006

This is our submission to the PSE & Training consultations undertaken by Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC).

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Charting the Course: a Pan-Canadian Vision for PSE

August 4th, 2006

In preparation for PSE Summit by the Council of the Federation, the CSA with our provincial and national partners compiled our top PSE priorities into a coordinated message.

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Strong Students, Strong Colleges for a Stronger Ontario – Tuition Framework

December 4th, 2005

In response to the Ontario government’s tuition fee consultations, the CSA and its membership provided this framework for a more affordable and accountable system of tuition and ancillary fees.

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Access, Success & Progress

November 4th, 2004

Access, Success and Progress is our submission to the Rae Review consultations and provides the government with clear, concise and actionable recommendations on how to improve PSE in Ontario.

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