Why Canada fares better than US in PSE outcomes

November 6, 2009

At the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education last week in Vancouver, researchers from the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation presented reasons why Canada surpasses the US when it comes to the number of citizens with a PSE credential. The researchers assert that the mix of institutions in Canada is different, with much greater proportions of individuals attending college rather than university. Tuition is lower, there is less income inequality, and significantly greater proportions of second generation immigrants complete high school and go on to higher education in Canada than in the US. In order for the US to catch up to its northern neighbour, the researchers suggest the US develop a more flexible PSE system with better non-university options. Inside Higher Ed | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)