OUSA releases report on inequities in experiential learning opportunities

June 12, 2014

A new report from the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance explores the benefits of work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities in PSE, but expresses concern about WIL participation rates among marginalized populations. The report notes that Aboriginal students and students with disabilities are 3 times less likely to have participated in co-op placements, while low-income students’ participation rate is less than half the general average. Moreover, Aboriginal students and disabled students were more likely to have participated in an unpaid internship. OUSA notes that a number of systemic and social issues, including information gaps and outside commitments, may make WIL opportunities more difficult for some demographics, and suggests that co-op education fees may also be a significant barrier. OUSA Report