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1 Hillary Arnold Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario Canadian Association of Graduate Studies November 5, 2013 Increases in federal financial support for graduate students: Preceding policies and subsequent outcomes Informing the Future of Higher Education

2 HEQCO Publication – Today! Intentions for and outcomes following a decade of government investment in graduate education Fred L. Hall & Hillary Arnold 2 Informing the Future of Higher Education

3 How was graduate education affected by federal investment in graduate scholarships? Significant money invested into graduate expansion Policy statements are difficult to measure No comparable investment into program evaluation 3 Informing the Future of Higher Education

4 Data collected 1998 through 2010 Scholarship funding from the Tri-Councils Enrolment data / degrees granted data from PSIS Time to completion and completion rate data from the U15 4 Informing the Future of Higher Education

5 Federal Government intention: 5 Informing the Future of Higher Education Industry Canada. (2002). Achieving excellence: investing in people, knowledge and opportunities. Canada’s Innovation Strategy.

6 Number of graduate students increased from 2003 to Informing the Future of Higher Education 122, ,

7 Federal Government intention: 7 Informing the Future of Higher Education Industry Canada. (2002). Achieving excellence: investing in people, knowledge and opportunities. Canada’s Innovation Strategy. Provide financial incentives to students registered in graduate programs Incentives to enrol? Incentives to complete? Incentives to focus on specific research areas?

8 Federal investment increased graduate scholarship support 8 Informing the Future of Higher Education

9 Federal Government intention: 9 Informing the Future of Higher Education Industry Canada. (2002). Achieving excellence: investing in people, knowledge and opportunities. Canada’s Innovation Strategy. Double CIHR? SSHRC? NSERC? Combined master’s and doctoral? Double number of master’s and doctoral fellowship and scholarships awarded by federal granting councils

10 Increase in support was not equal $ since 2001 tripled quadrupled doubled # of scholarships since 2001 more than doubled tripled about 50% 10 Informing the Future of Higher Education CIHR SSHRC NSERC

11 Greater investment in PhD students 11 Informing the Future of Higher Education

12 Funded students received more $ 12 Informing the Future of Higher Education

13 More individuals with graduate degrees in science and engineering Federal Government intention: 13 Informing the Future of Higher Education Industry Canada, Mobilizing science and technology to Canada’s advantage. How many? From when to when? STEM? Science & engineering?

14 NSERC master’s CGS awards not successful at enticing Canadians to STEM fields 14 Informing the Future of Higher Education

15 Picture is better at the PhD level 15 Informing the Future of Higher Education

16 Completion rates increasing 16 Informing the Future of Higher Education

17 No clear improvement in times to completion 17 Informing the Future of Higher Education

18 Federal Government intention: 18 Informing the Future of Higher Education Industry Canada. (2002). Achieving excellence: investing in people, knowledge and opportunities. Canada’s Innovation Strategy. Increase admission of master’s and doctoral students by an average of 5% per year Measurable !

19 Master’s vs. PhD: different story 19 Informing the Future of Higher Education Industry Canada. (2002). Achieving excellence: investing in people, knowledge and opportunities. Canada’s Innovation Strategy.

20 Increase in number of graduate studentsMore financial support to more students # of scholarships awarded doubled overall; but not at NSERC STEM degree enrolment not responsive at the master’s level PhD enrolment increased most years by 5%; master’s did not Outcomes 20 Informing the Future of Higher Education

21 What more is needed to understand the impact of scholarship on graduate students? Policy Statements Measurable Data On times to completion On completion rates Outcomes between: Those that receive scholarships Those that don’t receive scholarships 21 Informing the Future of Higher Education vs.


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