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Ruth Childs named Ontario Research Chair in Post-secondary Education Policy and Measurement

OISE Dean Glen Jones currently holds position, will complete term June 30, 2017

March 14, 2017


OISE’s Ruth Childs named Ontario Research Chair


OISE Professor Ruth Childs has been named Ontario Research Chair in Postsecondary Education Policy and Measurement, as approved by the Council of Ontario Universities.

“The ORC is an exciting opportunity,” said Prof. Childs, who works in OISE’s department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education. “I’m eager to let people know about the work in post-secondary education (PSE) policy and measurement that's already happening at OISE. I also hope it will enable involvement from more people – especially graduate students – in that work.”

Ontario Research Chairs (ORC) are prestigious Ontario university research professorships established by the Ontario government in order to drive provincial research and develop excellence, create world-class centres of research, and enhance Ontario’s competitiveness in Canada’s knowledge-based economy.

Made possible by an endowment, these Chairs are coordinated by the Council of Ontario Universities.

OISE Dean Glen Jones has held the ORC in Postsecondary Education Policy and Measurement since 2007. Following his appointment as Dean at OISE, he elected to give up the Chair and will complete his term June 30, 2017.

“It was a privilege to have held this position for the past 10 years, and I’m thrilled with the selection that has been made. Professor Ruth Childs is an outstanding choice and I have no doubt she will make a remarkable impact in this position,” Dean Jones said.

As an ORC, Prof. Childs will provide leadership in postsecondary education policy and measurement through programs of research in three areas:

  1. The development and evaluation of access initiatives for underrepresented groups
  2. The responsible collection and use of demographic data on applicant and student populations
  3. The development and use of innovative measures to support students’ learning

Prof. Childs will officially begin the Chair position beginning July 1, 2017, for a seven-year term.