Program Indicators provide additional information to candidates who are considering Community College programs in Ontario.
For consistency and reliability, a common methodology is used by all Community Colleges to compile the data and calculate the results. The data is effective as of November 2012, and will be updated annually. The three indicators are: Ontario Student Loan Default Rate (OSL), Graduate Employment Rate, and Graduation Rate.
The approved program sequence (APS) number is assigned to each approved program by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
The 2013 default rates reflect the repayment status of students who were issued Ontario Student Loans in the 2010-2011 academic year and completed or exited their studies by 2011-2012. For the purpose of calculating institutional default rates, student loan recipients/defaulters are assigned to the last institution/program they attended in 2010-2011. The status of these loans was assessed as of July 2013 or about two years after the student was expected to begin repayment.
Graduate Employment Rate
The percentage of graduates from post-secondary programs who are in the labour force, and who are working during a standard reference week, six months after graduation.
The percentage of students who graduated from a program within twice the normal program duration. The extended period for graduation accommodates those students who take periodic absences for employment, complete their program on a part-time basis or have to repeat courses, thereby delaying their date of graduation.
Availability of Indicators
Data for one or more indicators may not be available. For example, OSL Loan Default rates are provided to Algonquin College as a combined value for a number of related programs. For some programs, most notably short duration and adult training programs, Graduate Employment data were not collected as part of the KPI data collection cycle. As well, newly established programs and programs that have changed in length will not have graduate data required for Graduate Employment and Graduation Rate calculations.
Algonquin College Indicators by Program
The above site provides detailed and current information on the employment outcomes of graduates by area of study from all Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology.