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The Measuring the Effectiveness of Student Aid Project, or the MESA Project, is a research effort being conducted through the Canadian Education Project and the School for Policy Studies at Queen's University on behalf of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation.


Le Projet Mesurer l'efficacité de l'aide financière aux étudiants ou le projet MEAFE est une initiative de recherche menée par le « Canadian Education Project » et la « School of Policy Studies » de l'Université Queen's au nom de la Fondation des bourses d'études du millénaire.

MESA news

3 final L-SLIS reports released December 13, 2010

The MESA Project has released three research briefs on the issues of Aboriginal students, gender, and the differences between urban and rural students. These papers draw on data from the Longitudinal Survey of Low-Income Students (L-SLIS) which followed over 10,000 student aid recipients for a period of three years. These reports offer insights into the rolls that key demographic factors play in the behaviour and performance of post-secondary students.

  • Finnie, Childs, and Wismer: Gender and Post-Secondary Education. pdf
  • Finnie, Childs, and Wismer:Large Urban, Small Urban and Rural Students. pdf
  • Finnie, Childs, and Wismer:Aboriginals In Post-Secondary Education. pdf

View all 11 reports, along with supporting documentation.

2 new L-SLIS reports released November 2010

The MESA Project is today releasing two new research briefs on the issues of immigrant and visible minority students, their levels of academic achievement, their patterns of funding and their attitudes towards debt. Both papers exploit the new Longitudinal Survey of Low-Income Students (L-SLIS), developed as part of the MESA project, which followed over 10,000 student aid recipients for a period of three years. The results provide an intriguing if indirect look at the role that culture - particularly parental expectations - plays in student outcomes at the post-secondary level.

  • Finnie, Childs, and Wismer: Immigrants and Visible Minorities: Post-secondary Education Experiences pdf
  • Finnie, Childs, and Wismer:Immigrants and Visible Minorities: Funding Post-secondary Education pdf

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New research released September 28, 2009

New research from MESA illuminates impact of immigration and geography on access to university

  • Finnie and Mueller: Access to Post-Secondary Education among the Children of Canadian Immigrants

    Research suggests that first and second generation children of immigrants are more likely to attend post-secondary education, and not just because their parents tend to be better educated.

    Hear Ross Finnie discuss this research on CBC's Ottawa Morning:

    Hear Richard Mueller and Ross Finnie discuss their research on CBC's The Link. Listen to the second part of the program. The segment starts at the second minute of the second part of the program.

  • Looker: Regional Differences in Rural-Urban Participation Rates in College and University

    Urban youth are more likely to attend university than rural youth, who make up much of the difference by attending college. Differences between rural and urban students, and differences between their families, cover that last gap.






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