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Every September, Statistics Canada publishes data on “average tuition fees”. It’s a standard date on the back-to-school media calendar, where everyone gets to freak out about the cost of education. And we all take it for granted that the data StatsCan publishes is “true”. But there are some… subtleties… to the data that are worth pointing out.
Statistics Canada collects data on tuition from individual institutions through a survey called the Tuition and Living Accommodation Survey (TLAC). For each field … [ Read More ]
Yesterday I showed that recent Ontario university graduates’ incomes are taking a beating, notably in Arts and Sciences. I’m sure this led to a fair bit of crowing among those who claim we have too many students in university, and they all oughta go to college instead because skills, new economy, yadda yadda.
The problem with that argument is that college grads are getting creamed in the labour market, too.
Now, we can’t compare university and college outcomes in terms of … [ Read More ]
Last week, the Council of Ontario Universities put out a media release with the headline “Ontario University Graduates are Getting Jobs”, and trumpeted the results of the annual provincial graduates survey, which showed that 93% of undergraduates had jobs two years after graduation, and their income was $49,398. Hooray!
But the problem – apart from the fact that it’s not actually 93% of all graduates with jobs, but rather 93% of all graduates who are in the labour market (i.e. … [ Read More ]
We don’t hear much up here about New Zealand higher education, mainly because the country’s tiny, and literally located at the end of the earth. But that’s a pity, because it’s an interesting system with a lot to like about it.
The country’s university system is pretty ordinary: eight universities, three of which were founded in the 19th century, and the rest founded after WWII. All of them are pretty much based on English lines, with just one – Auckland – generally … [ Read More ]
As I said yesterday, there’s a quick way to check claims of relative underfunding in block-grant provinces: take each institution’s enrolment numbers by field of study from Statscan’s Post-Secondary Student Information System (PSIS), plug those numbers into the Ontario and Quebec funding formulas, and then compare each institutions’ hypothetical share of total provincial weighted student units (WSUs) under those formulas to what we know they actually receive via CAUBO’s annual Financial Information of Universities and Colleges (FIUC) Survey.
Simple, right? … [ Read More ]