An analysis of Access Barriers to Post-Secondary Education

An analysis of Access Barriers to Post-Secondary Education

Year: 2012
Authors: Vaccaro A
Publisher: College Quarterly
Post-Secondary Education (PSE) in Ontario and in Canada has expanded on both the demand and supply sides in the last couple of decades. As of 2007, 50% of the population aged 18 to 24 was enrolled in post-secondary institutions. Enrolment in Ontario universities grew from 10,000 in 1960 to approximately 400,000 in 2007 (Clark, Moran, Skolnik, &
Trick, (2009). The federal and provincial governments have pushed institutions to increase their capacity, especially at the university level, because of the belief that knowledge is a means of power and economic stability. "In a post-industrial economy, knowledge has replaced labour and raw materials as the key determinant of productivity and competitiveness" (Clark et al., 2009, p. 50). In a globalized world where prior international
relationships are strengthening and others are new, human capital and investment in education are the main drivers of competitiveness in the global economy.
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