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Image of briefing coverCanada’s Post-Secondary Education Performance: An International Comparison

(September 2017, The Conference Board of Canada)
This updated look at the state of skills and post-secondary education compares Canada’s performance with 15 member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Image of briefing coverBringing the World to Quebec: Six Suggestions to Attract and Retain More International Students

(April 2017, The Conference Board of Canada)
International post-secondary students offer much value to Quebec: educational, social, cultural, demographic, and economic. But Quebec isn’t recruiting as many of them as it might. This briefing suggests how the province could attract more international students in an increasingly competitive global market—and then smooth their path to immigrating and joining the workforce.

Image of briefing coverPSE Skills for a Prosperous British Columbia 2016 Edition

(December 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
What skills and credentials will B.C. employers need in the next 10 years? This report presents findings that will help ensure that B.C. has an educated, productive, and skilled workforce.

Image of briefing coverGlobalization and Canada’s PSEs: Opportunities and Challenges

(November 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
Globalization is transforming post-secondary educational institutions (PSEs), with increasing numbers of post-secondary students enrolling in institutions outside their home country. This report explores how globalization is affecting Canada’s PSEs.

Image of briefing coverQuality Network for Universities: Insights from the 2016 Innovation Study Tour to San Francisco

(October 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
This report provides a summary of key findings from the Conference Board’s Quality Network for Universities 2016 Innovation Study Tour to San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Image of briefing coverBeyond Citations: Knowledge Mobilization, Research Impact, and the Changing Nature of Academic Work

(October 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
Through ResearchImpact, universities are using knowledge mobilization to generate socially useful research and to provide it to decision-makers, policy-makers, and practitioners, in collaboration with community, industry, and government partners.

Image of briefing coverLearning in the Digital Age

(October 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
For over a thousand years, the dominant model of post-secondary education (PSE) has featured knowledgeable instructors lecturing students in a physical classroom setting. This is termed the “Sage on the Stage” approach to learning.

Image of briefing cover Higher Education and Collaboration in a Learning City: Lessons From Cork, Ireland

(September 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
This briefing looks at Cork (Ireland) and its “learning city” initiative, which brings together Cork’s two higher education institutions, along with other stakeholders, to support community-wide well-being, economic development, and social inclusion.

Image of briefing coverBuilding Northern Capacity: The University of Saskatchewan’s Master of Northern Governance and Development

(August 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
University of Saskatchewan’s Master of Northern Governance and Development program has played an important role in building leadership capacity in Northern Saskatchewan. It was designed with Northern stakeholders to be relevant to a Northern context.

Image of briefing coverThe City of Learners: Post-Secondary Collaboration in Edmonton, Alberta

(August 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
Senior administrators at the six major publicly funded post-secondary education (PSE) institutions in Edmonton have formed a collegial coalition, demonstrating cooperation on shared issues.

Image of briefing coverThe Europass: Passport to Communicating Skills and Learning in the European Union

(June 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
The Europass initiative offers a standardized format for job seekers to present their skills in a way that employers can easily understand. The initiative provides a model that Canada should consider to address its learning recognition challenges.

Image of briefing coverHigh Inequality, Higher Education: Merit, Access, and Equal Opportunity in Brazil

(June 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
Brazil has tried to address its income inequality, in part, through the education system. However, some of its efforts have had mixed results, providing a valuable case study of higher education as an instrument of social equity.

Image of briefing coverReform in Russia: Credential Recognition and University Renewal

(June 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
By exploring the achievements and missteps in Russia’s higher education reforms, this study is intended to inform future policy-making in Canada.

Image of briefing coverThe Role and Value of Private Career Colleges in Canada

(June 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
This report examines the role and value of private career college (PCC) training, with a particular emphasis on who seeks out training from PCCs and why. It also examines key issues that permeate the sector and provides recommendations for improving Canada’s PSE system.

Image of briefing coverThe Role of UiT The Arctic University of Norway in Northern Development

(May 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
This briefing focuses on how Norway fostered regional development of its North with UiT The Arctic University of Norway, and how Canada could adapt the lessons to address its similar Northern skills and labour market challenges.

Image of briefing coverTechnological Innovation in Education: The MOOC Model from the United States

(May 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
Massive Online Open Courses were expected to change the nature of higher education, and they have—but perhaps not as expected.

Image of briefing coverAligning Skill Development to Labour Market Need

(May 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
This report explores the contradiction of rising levels of educational attainment coexisting with weak alignment between skills and labour market needs.

Image of report coverApprentice Mobility in Canada: Lessons From the Atlantic Apprenticeship Harmonization Project

(April 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
This briefing discusses how innovative approaches used by the Atlantic Apprenticeship Harmonization Project (AAHP) can inform future Canada-wide collaboration to improve apprenticeship training.

Image of briefing coverThe Digital Dividend: Sustainability and Distance Education at Université Laval

(April 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
This Spotlight Study looks at Université Laval’s online learning program.

Image of briefing coverSchool Within a College: Supporting Transitions from Secondary School to Higher Education

(April 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
This briefing profiles Ontario’s School Within a College program. It is one response to the question of how to better support at-risk students in their transition to post-secondary education.

Image of briefing coverHigher Education for Disengagers: New Zealand’s Tertiary High School

(March 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
New Zealand’s Tertiary High School helps at-risk students remain in secondary school, pursue post-secondary education, and transition to employment. It is an innovative response to a problem Canada shares.

Image of briefing coverThe Thousand Talents Program: Lessons From China About Faculty Recruitment and Retention

(March 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
China’s engagement in global markets means educational standards are critical to its students and economy. This briefing studies how recruitment and retention of world-class professors in Chinese universities have urged competitiveness in human resource development.

Image of briefing coverThe E-Learning Edge: Improving Access With OntarioLearn

(March 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
OntarioLearn employs a model that balances educational flexibility, efficient delivery, and accessibility of courses by fostering collaboration and cooperation among Ontario’s colleges and institutes.

Image of report coverBrain Gain 2015: The State of Canada’s Learning Recognition System

(January 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
What is the state of Canada’s learning recognition system today? This study (15 years after the initial study) finds that we still have much to gain by recognizing immigrants’ learning credentials.

Image of report coverPartnering for Performance: Enhancing Partnerships between Post-Secondary Education and Business

(January 2016, The Conference Board of Canada)
Partnering for Performance is designed to help Canada’s education, business, government, and community stakeholders understand the value of PSE-business partnerships, and develop and operate ethical, effective, and mutually beneficial collaborations.

Image of briefing coverHarmonization and Responsiveness: Lessons from German Apprenticeship Reforms

(December 2015, The Conference Board of Canada)
This briefing examines reforms to Germany’s respected apprenticeship system and offers three lessons that Canada can use to reform its own apprenticeship system.

Image of briefing coverMobilizing College Students for Learning Abroad: SAIT Polytechnic and the Global Education Network

(November 2015, The Conference Board of Canada)
Mobilizing College Students for Learning Abroad examines how SAIT Polytechnic is making strides to overcome barriers to education-abroad opportunities through its participation in the Global Education Network and other initiatives.

Image of report cover Inside and Outside the Academy: Valuing and Preparing PhDs for Careers

(November 2015, The Conference Board of Canada)
This report examines the employment opportunities and outcomes of PhD holders inside and outside academia, the state of professional skills development for PhD students, and examples of professional development initiatives in Canada and peer countries.

Image of briefing coverInnovation in India: Research Commercialization Partnerships for Business Incubation

(September 2015, The Conference Board of Canada)
This briefing highlights an international partnership between the business incubation centres of Ryerson University in Canada and the Bombay Stock Exchange Institute India that seeks to improve the research commercialization ecosystem of both universities.

Image of briefing coverInternational Mobility for Undergraduate Students: Lessons From Australia’s New Colombo Plan

(September 2015, The Conference Board of Canada)
Studying abroad can provide opportunities to develop leadership, self-reliance, languages, and intercultural understanding. This briefing looks at Australia’s New Colombo Plan and offers lessons for Canadian post-secondary institutions and policy-makers.

Image of briefing coverCo-location and Commercialization: McMaster University’s Innovation Park

(September 2015, The Conference Board of Canada)
Collaboration between researchers and entrepreneurs is crucial to research commercialization. The McMaster Innovation Park is shedding light on the benefits of co-location, innovations in commercialization, and improvements in research parks.


Foundational Studies

Policies, Laws, and Regulations: Governing Post-Secondary Education and Skills in Canada

(November, 2014, The Conference Board of Canada)
This report provides a conceptual framework and analysis of Canada’s policy, legal, and regulatory (PLR) environment for skills and post-secondary education; and identifies areas for action for improving PLRs.

The Economic Impact of PSE in Canada

(November 2014, The Conference Board of Canada)
Post-secondary education is a growth industry in Canada. This report seeks to quantify its impact in three areas: direct and indirect spending, human capital, and intellectual property.

Skills—Where Are We Today? The State of Skills and PSE in Canada

(November 2014, The Conference Board of Canada)
What is the state of skills in Canada? This study provides a systems perspective on skills development in the post-secondary sector and identifies areas of improvement.

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