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ERIC Number: ED525096
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-1
Pages: 55
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9266-1243-0
Navigating Post-Secondary Education in Canada: The Challenge of a Changing Landscape. Challenges in Canadian Post-Secondary Education
Canadian Council on Learning
This monograph sets out to explain the effects that evolutionary and legislated system-design changes can have on students' understanding of Canada's PSE sector, how it functions and the various opportunities it provides. In so doing, the monograph argues that a new approach to classifying post-secondary education is required to provide students with a clearer and more accurate understanding of the sector and the many opportunities it provides. Without such an understanding, students may be at risk of making choices that limit their options for pursuing progressive levels of education. The monograph is organized into five parts. Part 1, "Beyond the Binary Model: Canada's Post-secondary Institutions and Credentials," presents a brief synopsis of the development of the institutions and structures of Canada's PSE systems, surveying the different types of institutions and credentials currently in Canada. Part 2, "Increased Differentiation, Inter-institutional Relationships and Student Mobility," presents a contextual discussion describing the forces behind institutional transformation and examining the ways in which system design can impact upon student mobility and the transparency of post-secondary education information. Part 3, "Classifying Canadian Post-secondary Institutions," presents an examination of various approaches to the classification of post-secondary institutions and qualifications. Part 4, "Sorting Out Canadian PSE: Can it be Done?," presents an exploration of whether current approaches are sufficient to help students sort out their many post-secondary opportunities. The conclusion presents a discussion of whether the implementation of a widely understood institutional classification system would be of benefit to Canadians. A bibliography is included. (Contains 108 endnotes, 2 tables and 1 figure.) [For related reports, see "Tallying the Costs of Post-Secondary Education: The Challenge of Managing Student Debt and Loan Repayment in Canada. Challenges in Canadian Post-Secondary Education" (ED525094); and "Up to Par: The Challenge of Demonstrating Quality in Canadian Post-Secondary Education. Challenges in Canadian Post-Secondary Education" (ED525092).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canadian Council on Learning
Identifiers - Location: Canada