PSE schools not meeting needs of recent immigrant adult students, study finds

April 3, 2012

New research from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario finds that most PSE institutions are not identifying, or responding to, the specific needs of recent immigrant adult students in Canada. Based on surveys of students at 5 Ontario PSE schools and a series of focus groups, the report found that many barriers these students face -- such as limited language proficient and insufficient knowledge of Canada's higher education system -- were not being addressed by institutions, and the few support programs that did exist were not being fully utilized. The most effective means of connecting with these students is in the classroom, the report states. Faculty members are encouraged to collaborate with student services to ensure students are aware of specialized services offered. Research Summary | Full Report