Projects

EPRI's projects are innovative in terms of the research questions they address, the development and exploitation of new sets of data, findings and policy implications, and the wide dissemination of the results to diverse communities. EPRI is currently undertaking or has conducted a range of projects with its multiple partners and stakeholders in an attempt to better understand the linkages and relationships between education, skills and the labour market.

EPRI-ESDC Tax-Linkage Project

This project links administrative student data held by 14 PSE institutions across the country with tax files at Statistics Canada in order to track students' post-graduation earnings. The goal of this project is to provide unique and powerful learning and labour market information that will be useful to the PSE institutions, to students making schooling choices, to employers, to PSE and labour market policy makers, and to the general public. The project is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), with a contribution from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO). Click here to explore more about the project. ≫

Documents:
Barista or Better? New Evidence on Earnings of Post-Secondary Education Graduates: A Tax Linkage Approach
Ross Finnie, Kaveh Afshar, Eda Bozkurt, Masashi Miyairi, and Dejan Pavlic, 2016
Ottawa: Education Policy Research Initiative (Executive Summary)

Post-Secondary and Workplace Skills

The Post-Secondary and Workplace Skills Project aims to determine which skills are most important to the labour market success of PSE graduates. The focus is on skills that i) are relevant to employers and the labour market outcomes of graduates, ii) can be validly and reliably assessed, and iii) can be taught or developed in post-secondary education. The project aims to survey/assess students at EPRI's partner PSE institutions near the end of their studies in order to determine the skills they possess before entering the labour market, and then to see how these skills are related to labour market outcomes, including differences based on student characteristics and schooling experiences. A subset of students who complete the initial skills assessment will also be asked to complete a follow-up survey/assessment once they are in the labour force. The follow-up would include a re-administration of the skills assessments and/or gathering information on other measures of labour market success, such as job stability and satisfaction, hours worked per week, and opportunities for professional development.

Do Better Grades in PSE Lead to Better Labour Market Outcomes?

This project examines the link between students' PSE grades and labour market outcomes. It builds on the ongoing EPRI-ESDC Tax-Linkage Project. The study examines if, and to what degree, different levels of skills and mastery at the PSE level, as captured by graduates' final grade point average (GPA), are rewarded in the labour market. The study is funded by Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund.

Documents:
Post-Schooling Outcomes of University Graduates: A Data Linkage Approach
Ross Finnie, Dejan Pavlic, Nemanja Jevtovic, and Stephen Childs, 2014
Toronto: Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund

uOttawa Tax-Linkage Project

The uOttawa Tax-Linkage project uses tax records to track the earnings of graduates from the University of Ottawa on a year‐by‐year basis following graduation. What emerges is a unique and powerful picture of how graduates from different faculties performed in the labour market from 1998 through 2011. Click here to explore the results in a series of interactive graphs. ≫

Documents:
Post-Schooling Outcomes of University Graduates: A Data Linkage Approach
Ross Finnie, Dejan Pavlic, Nemanja Jevtovic, and Stephen Childs, 2014
Toronto: Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund
Analyis of Long-Term Outcomes for University Graduates in Information and Communications Technology Programs
Ross Finnie, Dejan Pavlic, Nemanja Jevtovic, and Stephen Childs, 2014
Ottawa: Industry Canada (Appendix)

uOttawa Tax-Linkage Project Extension

The uOttawa Tax-Linkage Project linked administrative data on uOttawa graduates to their tax records in order to track their post-schooling labour market earnings. What emerged was a unique picture of the performance of graduates, from different fields of study, in the labour market from 1998 to 2011. This project's extension is examining the graduates' earnings along two dimensions: i) the department which the student graduated from, and ii) the graduate's final GPA.

Using Future Authoring to Improve Student Outcomes

EPRI will pilot the Future Authoring Program at Mohawk College with Jordan Peterson from the University of Toronto. This intervention, which is an online application of narrative therapy and industrial/organisational goal-setting, is designed to improve student performance using an effective, research-based, fully scalable writing program. The researchers will issue the Future Authoring Program using the 'Smart Start' orientation program offered to all incoming students at Mohawk College. The project is part of HEQCO's Access and Retention Consortium, in which members are evaluating the effectiveness of an intervention intended to positively affect the accessibility and/or persistence of students from under-represented groups in post-secondary education.

Documents:
Using Future Authoring to Improve Student Outcomes
Ross Finnie, Wayne Poirier, Eda Bozkurt, Jordan B. Peterson, Tim Fricker, and Megan Pratt, 2017
Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario

Using Predictive Modeling for Students At Risk of Leaving College to Drive Early Alert and Intrusive Advising Interventions

This project will use predictive modeling to determine which students are most likely to be at-risk of leaving college and will develop advising interventions based on the predictive model. The primary focus is to evaluate whether advising is a successful intervention. EPRI will work with a research team at Mohawk College lead by Tim Fricker and Wayne Poirier to develop and test the predictive model and the interventions. This project is part of HEQCO's Access and Retention Consortium, in which members are evaluating the effectiveness of an intervention intended to positively affect the accessibility and/or persistence of students from under-represented groups in post-secondary education.

Documents:
Using Predictive Modelling to Inform Early Alert and Intrusive Advising Interventions and Improve Retention
Ross Finnie, Tim Fricker, Eda Bozkurt, Wayne Poirier, and Dejan Pavlic, 2017
Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario Appendix

Past Projects

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