ERIC Number: ED447847
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar-20
Reference Count: N/A
Measuring Graduation and Attrition at Ontario Colleges: A Discussion of Measurement Issues and Their Usefulness as Indicators of Student Success.
Donner, Arthur; Lazar, Fred
This report discusses measurement issues and their usefulness as indicators of student success at the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario. The following sections are included: (1) executive summary; (2) introduction; (3) retention rates, which discusses a number of issues associated with defining and measuring graduation rates; (4) key performance indicators (KPIs), which discusses KPIs and expands on the discussion of the graduation rate measure; (5) the five case studies, which considers graduation measurement issues as they relate to five colleges in Ontario--Canadore College, Humber College, Boreal College, Sir Stanford Fleming, and Fanshawe College; and (6) conclusions, which sets out the broad conclusions with respect to measurement issues and policy concerns. Key conclusions and recommendations include: the graduation rate is an invalid indicator of labor market success of college graduates; do not use graduation rates for provincial funding; start with pilot studies for calculating the graduation rate based on college student identifier number; launch a survey of early college leavers--identify successful from unsuccessful leavers; develop a province-wide student number system; and initiate a systematic long-term survey of students and young workers. The appendix section provides some of the basic background data and information discussed in this study. (VWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario, North York.