Feb. 19, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Indications of why university participation in the Maritime provinces is considerably higher than the national average may be found in a set of 10 measures of participation released today by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission.
The measures are designed to provide decision-makers with a comprehensive and accurate analysis of university participation in the Maritimes, taking into account factors such as student origin, age, and gender, with statistics provided by province. The measures were developed under the Measures of Student Progress and Outcomes project.
"Historically, the Maritime region has recorded a high participation rate relative to the Canadian average," said Mireille Duguay, chief executive officer of the commission. "These 10 measures explore the nature of this statistic and shed light on some interesting nuances, such as the fact that the influx of students from outside the region partly explains this high rate. The measures also reveal that participation by Maritimers has plateaued in recent years."
The results are available on the commission's website, and will be updated on an annual basis.
The Measures of Student Progress and Outcomes project is funded in part by the Canadian Council on Learning. A working group of institutional researchers from six universities in the region is helping the commission develop measures under the project, which will also include persistence and graduation rates, and course success.
The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission was established in 1974 to help institutions and governments enhance the post-secondary learning environment. The commission's 19 members are from the Maritime provinces, and represent higher education institutions, provincial governments and the general public.
MEDIA CONTACT: Dawn Gordon, Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, 506-453-2844, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.