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.

Ontario’s Knowledge Economy: The Economic Impact of Post-Secondary Education

The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance has long advocated for greater public investment in the province’s universities, to increase participation rates and the overall quality of education. There exists a large body of research that indicates both of these goals are extremely beneficial to Ontario’s economy and to the fight against poverty; however there is very little awareness of these benefits among the general public. This report will highlight the need for investment in universities and will provide a brief overview of the research in support of universities as drivers of economic growth. More specifically, we focus on the individual and societal benefits of a university-educated population, the importance of increasing quality in our institutions, and the local economic impact of Ontario’s universities.

E-Learning in the Canadian Post-Secondary Education System

This paper analyzes recent developments in e-learning technologies with a particular focus on the Canadian post-secondary education system. Using OUSA‟s four pillars of affordability, accessibility, accountability, and quality, e-learning technologies are analyzed for the potential benefit they may bring to the Canadian post-secondary education system as well as the effects existing technologies have already had. While a number of serious concerns persist, the conclusion is drawn that e-learning technologies, with the proper implementation, can provide great benefits to learners, institutions, and society at large. A number of e-learning enhancement strategies for institutions follow this analysis.

Income Contingent Loan Repayment in Ontario

In response to a request from the OUSA General Assembly in Fall 2007 the OUSA research staff has undertaken the task of developing a research paper regarding Income Contingent Loan Repayment (ICLRP). In light of the particular intricacies of ICLRPs, the paper seeks to meet several objectives. Overall, it attempts to analyze if an ICLRP could be a viable alternative for loan repayment in Ontario. The paper, however, does take a multi-faceted approach, in order to deliver a holistic overview of the situation. 

Students, University, and Municipal Affairs

A holistic and academically successful educational experience is intrinsically tied to all forms of the student experience; disorder in one area of this experience has the potential to send rippling effects disrupting all other areas. Off-campus living and the relation between students and municipal affairs is a crucial sphere for student associations to weigh in on, if nothing more than for the reason that one’s quality of living is paramount to one’s contribution to all other areas of life.