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December 19, 2013

Indspire Research Sheds Light on Where Indigenous Students Choose to go to School

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Indspire has released the results of a survey that examined the factors considered by Indigenous students when choosing a post-secondary educational institution. While program of study, school reputation, faculty, and financial aid figured prominently in the list of factors that influenced respondents when choosing their school, Indigenous support services ranked within the top five.  Also, of the on-campus services used most by survey respondents, academic advising, Indigenous services, and financial aid topped the list.

“Through this survey and further research, Indspire hopes to provide policy-makers and educational institutions with valuable information about the needs and expectations of Indigenous students with the goal of increasing the number of Indigenous people completing their post-secondary education,” said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire.

Indspire conducted the 2013 Survey of Education Choices Made by Indigenous Students in the winter of 2013, sampling recipients of financial awards from its 2012-2013 Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries and Scholarship Awards program. The majority of students sampled were studying at university, enrolled in a four year program. Most were studying in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

“Indspire’s survey underscores the importance of Aboriginal student programming and services in helping students achieve their educational goals,” said Paul Davidson, President of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. “Today Canada’s universities offer more than 350 academic programs specially designed for Aboriginal students.”

The factors considered least important by these students in their decision-making included the influence of secondary school guidance counsellors and parents, as well as opportunities to participate in athletics at the institution and friends/peers attending the same institution.

Click here to read the original news release and see the report.

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