New index on wellbeing observes positive education trends

October 20, 2011

Yesterday the University of Waterloo-based Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) released a comprehensive composite index to measure the overall wellbeing of the country. One of the domains assessed is education, which improved by 18.7% between 1994 and 2008. During this time period, parental socio-economic status became less important to student performance, while parental education remained important. According to the report, students whose parents have completed secondary school or less are just 70% as likely to attend PSE as students with parents who have completed university. Between 1994 and 2008, the percentage of Canadians ages 20 to 24 who reported completing high school rose by 5.8%, and university graduation rates among 25- to 64-year-olds increased by 47.4%. uWaterloo News Release | Read the report