Students urge action on student success initiatives

TORONTO, June 29 /CNW/ - After reviewing the latest research on targeted student success interventions in Ontario universities, students are excited by the positive results and encourage the provincial government to champion broad implementation of these programs across the Province.

For the past three years, the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) has sponsored research into intervention programs designed to promote access, retention and quality in post-secondary education. Results of these interventions, released today, demonstrate the significant impact targeted programs can have on student success.

For instance, at Carleton University, a Peer-Assisted Study Session (PASS) was implemented in courses with high failure rates. Controlling for admission average, participants showed significant improvements in academic success, understanding of course concepts, and self-confidence. Academic success improved with the number of hours of participation, up to an overall improvement of 1.75 grade points.

"This research has confirmed once more that targeted initiatives to support struggling students can significantly improve student success," said Meaghan Coker, President of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA). "It's now up to the government and institutions to come together and take real action on these findings."

OUSA's recent survey of over 10,000 Ontario undergraduate students showed over half were not satisfied with academic advising, career counseling, and services for students with disabilities. Direct government funding for student support services and early warning systems is needed if Ontario is to see widespread improvements in student persistence and success.

OUSA represents the interests of over 140,000 professional and undergraduate, full- and part-time university students at seven Ontario institutions.

SOURCE Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance

For further information: For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact Alvin Tedjo, Director of Communications & Public Relations, Office: (416) 341-9948, Cell: (647) 669-6885, Email:

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