Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission

Maritime university graduate survey launched (08/11/12)

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Nov. 12, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A telephone survey of 2003 Maritime university graduates to collect information on experiences in work, further study and managing student-loan repayment was launched today the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission.

The survey, which will take 25 minutes to complete, is a follow-up to a canvass of the same class, conducted three years ago. It is expected that more than 2,000 graduates will be interviewed. The Strategic Counsel, a third-party national market research firm, is conducting the research on behalf of the commission.

"I encourage those graduates contacted for this survey to participate, and take the opportunity to comment on the value of their university education and how that education has influenced their lives over the past five years," said Mireille Duguay, commission CEO. "Their responses will help provincial governments and universities in the Maritimes evaluate and design policies pertaining to university students and graduates."

The survey is the seventh in the commission's research program. Reports from previous surveys are available at www.mphec.ca.

The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission was established in 1974 to help institutions and governments enhance a post-secondary learning environment. The commission's 20 members are drawn from the Maritime provinces, and represent higher education institutions, provincial governments and the general public.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Shannon McKenna-Farrell, Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, 506-453-3039, e-mail: mckenna-farrell@mphec.ca; Michael Sullivan, Strategic Counsel, 416-975-4465, ext. 223, e-mail: msullivan@thestrategiccounsel.com.

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