PEW Research Blogs

What Makes Pathways a Social Justice Issue? A Conversation with Leesa Wheelahan

October 2, 2017   |   Foundations for Pathways

Most of the public-facing work on educational pathways is student-focused. The success of students, after all, is the “bottom line;” few would argue otherwise. As a result, we think of “pathways” in terms of helping students to transfer between programs and institutions, or to pursue higher levels of qualifications – perhaps by “laddering” a two…Read More

The Impact of College Baccalaureates on Access and Student Identity

June 22, 2017   |   Ontario

In 2000, the Postsecondary Education Choice and Excellence Act authorised Ontario’s colleges to award bachelor degrees. It marked a milestone in a journey that had begun a decade earlier with Charles Pascal’s (1990) Vision 2000, which recommended the creation of new degree-granting institutions. The government justified this reform on various grounds. A strong rationale was…Read More

Higher Education and “High Skills” Jobs

June 22, 2017   |   Canada

As developed countries cross the threshold from massified to universal post-secondary education (Marginson, 2016; Trow, 2007), they are becoming more circumspect about the upper limits of benefits to be obtained, socially and individually, from such levels of participation.[1] It is no longer readily assumed that more education leads automatically to rewards in the labour market.…Read More

Apples to Apples? Ontario’s Differentiated Baccalaureates

April 26, 2017   |   Ontario

In 2002, legislation changed in Ontario allowing public colleges in the province to offer baccalaureate degrees for the first time (Clark, Moran, Skolnik & Trick, 2009). Presently (2017), almost 15,000 students are studying in over 100 college baccalaureate programs at 13 out of 24 public colleges in Ontario. The number of applications for college baccalaureates…Read More