Post-secondary education (PSE) is considered to be increasingly essential in today’s fast-paced knowledge economy yet some students with the potential to succeed experience barriers to participation. Some 41% of Niagara Region’s population between the ages of 25-64 does not have post-secondary education of any type, higher than provincial and national averages. In this policy brief Dr. Cassidy uses interviews and focus groups to investigate why this number is so high. This brief is intended to encourage further dialogue on access to PSE in Niagara. Building upon data from a qualitative research study, it explores how some people in Niagara perceive the challenges and barriers to choosing post-secondary education.
Author: Kate Cassidy, Director at Brock University’s Community Learning and Youth University
Published By: Niagara Community Observatory
Publication Date: March 2015