HEQCO President calls for better assessments of PSE graduates

September 15, 2014

President of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) Harvey Weingarten argues in a Globe and Mail op-ed that PSE students are not being adequately assessed for literacy and numeracy, or for a number of other outcomes that are generally understood as fundamental to a PSE credential. He says that many too quickly assume that completing a PSE program is sufficient evidence of these basic skills, but that they are rarely actually evaluated. Moreover, he says that a PSE degree is not always an indicator of effective critical thinking or problem-solving skills. He calls for investment in assessing skills that he describes as being “highly predictive of employment success,” including determination, persistence, resilience, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Weingarten says that in Ontario, “our commitment to assessment doesn’t measure up.” Globe and Mail