Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario releases three new research papers

    TORONTO, July 25 /CNW/ - The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario
(HEQCO) is pleased to announce the release of three new research papers.
Dealing with the topics of (a) polytechnic education; (b) postsecondary
participation and accessibility; and (c) the data needs of Ontario's higher
education sector, these papers delineate issues relevant to HEQCO's mandate to
conduct research and provide evidence-based policy advice to improve all
aspects of higher education in Ontario.
    "Today's release provides vital foundation research on key areas of
higher education policy," said Dr. Ken Norrie, vice president of research for
HEQCO. "The Council will use these papers and other work underway to guide our
ongoing research into the quality, accountability, accessibility and design of
Ontario's higher education system."

    The papers released today are:

    -   Accessibility in Ontario's Postsecondary Education System: An
        Interprovincial Comparative Analysis by Dr. Torben Drewes of Trent
        University. This paper reviews the accessibility of Ontario's higher
        education system using statistical measures of access by
        socioeconomic status.

    -   "Polytechnics" in Higher Education Systems: A Comparative Review and
        Policy Implications for Ontario by Dr. Bruce Doern of Carleton
        University. Through an analysis of polytechnic education in select
        international and Canadian jurisdictions, this paper examines policy
        implications of expanded polytechnic education in Ontario. Dr. Doern
        also highlights important areas for further research into the
        polytechnic question.

    -   Producing Indicators of Institutional Quality in Ontario Universities
        and Colleges: Options for Producing, Managing and Displaying
        Comparative Data by the Educational Policy Institute (EPI). Drawing
        upon EPI's experience in postsecondary data environment, this paper
        assesses the data needs of Ontario's higher education stakeholders,
        the types of information currently available, and how best to
        structure Ontario's data environment to ensure effective monitoring
        of system performance in the areas of learning quality and

    As part of its research mandate, HEQCO is currently managing over
40 research projects. Additional papers will be released regularly in the
coming months.
    "The Council has embarked on an ambitious research program, and today's
release reflects the breadth of our mandate" said Dr. James Downey, president
and CEO of HEQCO. "In the months to come, we will continue to publish high
quality and insightful research aimed at enhancing higher education in

    About the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario

    The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario is an arm's length agency
of the Government of Ontario dedicated to ensuring the continued improvement
of the postsecondary education system in Ontario. The Council was created
through the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario Act, 2005. It is
mandated to conduct research, evaluate the postsecondary education system and
provide policy recommendations to the Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities with a view to enhance the quality, access and accountability of
Ontario's higher education system.

For further information:

For further information: Ainsley Matthews, Events and Communications
Coordinator, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, (416) 212-5248,
amatthews@heqco.ca, www.heqco.ca

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