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Understanding the Gender Gap in University Participation: An Exploration of the Application Behaviour of Ontario High School Students

A Payne, D Card, C Sechel

Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario | Published : 2011

Abstract

High school course selection and the practice of tracking (which divides high school students into academic or applied classes based on aptitude and interest) might help explain why more Canadian women than men are pursuing a postsecondary education. A new study commissioned by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), finds that while university application rates for both genders have increased over the last decade, there is a 16 percentage point gap between men and women in overall postsecondary completion -- a magnitude that appears to be larger in Canada than in most other advanced countries, according to Understanding the Gender Gap in University Participation: An Explora..

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