Canadian post-secondary graduates and further education: Who continues and why? (2009)

This report examines patterns of participation in further education among postsecondary graduates from colleges and institutes, university colleges, and universities across Canada, with particular emphasis on the participation of Canadian‐born Aboriginal people; Canadian‐born non‐Aboriginal people; and immigrants.

The authors found that there are significant differences in educational attainment among the citizenship groups, and that age and gender affect educational profiles. Respondents in the Aboriginal group are more likely to have graduated in 2000 from non‐university institutions, while immigrants and non‐Aboriginal respondents from university level studies.

Non‐Aboriginal participants are younger on average than others. Women represent about 60 percent of the postsecondary graduates.

In 2002, two years after graduation from Canadian colleges and universities, one graduate in three was engaged in further education through postsecondary programs. While job-related motives were the most frequently identified reasons for continuing education, one-third of the participants pointed to self‐improvement as a motivating factor. Aboriginal respondents were more likely than others to identify education prerequisites as an important reason to take further education; this motive was the least important for the immigrant group.

The authors point out that the findings of the study have important policy implications. Since postsecondary institutions are major providers of education, it is important for administrators to recognize that student population diversity affects participation patterns, financial resources, and motivations of learners at different stages in the life course.

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Maria Adamuti-Trache and Colleen Hawkey. Canadian post-secondary graduates and further education: Who continues and why? 2009. Web. 12 Apr. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/canadian_graduates/canadian_graduates.pdf>
Maria Adamuti-Trache & Colleen Hawkey (2009). Canadian post-secondary graduates and further education: Who continues and why?. Retrieved April 12, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/canadian_graduates/canadian_graduates.pdf
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