High school language courses help francophone students transition to PSE

August 21, 2013

A new study published by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) and authored by researchers at the University of Ottawa looked at the initiatives in place at uOttawa that try to ease the transition from high school to PSE for francophone students from minoritized communities (where French speakers make up less than 5% of the population). uOttawa implemented a pilot peer mentoring program in 2011-12, which paired incoming students with upper-year students from the same region to better integrate students academically and socially. The second initiative was a qualitative analysis of the effect that high school language courses have on first-year success, which found that the performance in secondary school language courses was a major determinant of success at the university level. The report, Linguistic Heterogeneity and Non-Traditional Pathways to Postsecondary Education in Ontario, is part of HEQCO’s exploration of the pathways to education of non-traditional students and of policies that support their success. uOttawa News Release | HEQCO News Release