Research Reports

From time to time, OUSA releases various research reports based on public opinion polls, surveys, or other research on a pertinent topic related to post-secondary education.

Affordability - Results from the 2017 Ontario Post-Secondary Student Survey

This report is the second in a three-part series presenting the results of the 2017 Ontario Post-Secondary Student Survey (OPSSS). It highlights affordability as a policy priority for students from OUSA’s member institutions and discusses several topics, including funding sources, financial aid, employment trends, and student debt. This report also focuses on the financial realities of students from underrepresented socioeconomic groups.  

 

Accessibility - Results from the 2017 Ontario Post-Secondary Student Survey

This report is one in a three part series that presents the results from the 2017 Ontario Post-Secondary Student Survey. The first report, Accessibility: Results from the 2017 Ontario Post-Secondary Student Survey,  highlights the accessibility of Ontario’s universities as a policy priority for OUSA students,   including physical and financial accessibility, as well as feeling safe and included on campus. In this report, three dimensions of accessibility are highlighted: the experiences of underrepresented groups, the ease of mobility between institutions, and the ease of traveling to and living near Ontario’s universities.  

Financing Fees: The Inequitable Burden of University Costs

These findings reinforce why OUSA prioritizes the principles of accessibility and affordability in our advocacy efforts. The OPSSS data clearly illustrated how systemic racism, heterosexism, and ableism intersect with economic precarity to disadvantage students with marginalized identities. Moving forward, it is my hope that the Ontario and federal governments look at this evidence, recognize the continued existence of these inequities, and ultimately expand on the targeted student bursaries and programs. These inequities are constructed by society, and with long-term government commitment we can work to deconstruct them.

Accessibility - Results from the 2015 Ontario Post-Secondary Student Survey

This report is one in a three part series that presents the results from the 2015 Ontario Post-Secondary Student Survey. The discussion herein will assist our organization in determining the underrepresentation of certain groups, the ease of mobility between post-secondary institutions, and the ease of travelling to or living near Ontario’s universities.

Quality - Results from the 2015 Ontario Post-Secondary Student Survey

This report is one in a three part series that presents the results from the 2015 Ontario Postsecondary Student Survey. The discussion herein will assist our organization in determining the quality of teaching and learning, the impact that work integrated learning has on student learning, the quality of the student experience, and the capacity for civic engagement, among others.

Affordability - Results from the 2015 Ontario Post-Secondary Student Survey

As an advocate for many of Ontario’s university students, OUSA prides itself on keeping their voices at the forefront of discussions about systemic change. To this end we survey our membership to ensure that we have the best possible information about their experiences, and can make recommendations for improvements. This report is one in a three part series that presents the results from the 2015 Ontario Post-secondary Student Survey. The discussion herein will assist our organization in determining students’ use of financial assistance, employment earnings, and other sources of income that are used to pay for postsecondary education.

LGBTQ+ Student Experience Survey Report: LGBTQ+ students’ experiences and attitudes at universities

OUSA’s LGBTQ+ Student Experience Survey was a mixed methods research project conducted in November 2014 designed to gain understanding of the opinions and experiences of Ontario university students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning, or other orientations or identities that do not conform to cisgender and heterosexual paradigms (LGBTQ+). The purpose of the survey was to identify any gaps that might exist in university services, programming, and supports that can diminish or negatively impact university experiences for these students.

Paying Our Way: A Look at Student Financial Assistance Usage in Ontario

One of the core principles of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is that all willing and qualified students should be able to attend post-secondary regardless of their ability to pay. However, students in Ontario face the highest tuition fees in the country and the cost and perceived costs of post-secondary education are consistently identified as barriers to post-secondary education. These barriers are contributing factors to the persistently high attainment gaps for various vulnerable groups in pursuing an undergraduate degree.

We Work Hard for Our Money: Student Employment and the University Experience in Ontario

In November 2013, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) asked students to comment on their experience with summer and in-study employment. Of particular interest were: the number of jobs students were working during these terms; whether or not these opportunities were within a student’s field of study; and whether they positively impacted their academic performance.