Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission

Survey of Maritime university graduates launched (09/10/26)

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Oct. 26, 2009

FREDERICTON, (CNB) - A survey of the class of 2007 Maritime university graduates has been launched, the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission announced today. The survey will collect information about graduates' experiences in work, further study, and managing student loan repayment.

It is expected that more than 4,000 graduates will be interviewed by telephone this fall by Ipsos-Reid, a third-party national market research firm conducting the research on behalf of the commission. The survey will take about 25 minutes to complete.

"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 two years," said Mireille Duguay, CEO of the commission. "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 eighth 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: Lisa O'Connell, Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, 506-453-2844, e-mail: gordond@mphec.ca; Heather Shuve, Ipsos-Reid, 506-693-7014, e-mail : Heather.Shuve@Ipsos.com.

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