Saskatchewan

Sask. disputes StatsCan report on post-secondary grad rates

A Statistics Canada report says the number of post-secondary graduates in Saskatchewan dropped 6.6 per cent from 2011 to 2012 — the biggest drop in Canada — although the Saskatchewan government disputes that.

Federal agency says rates declined from 2011 to 2012, province says they went up

A recent Statistic Canada report said post-secondary graduation rates in Saskatchewan dropped 6.6 per cent from 2011 to 2012, although the province disputes that. (CBC)

A Statistics Canada report says the number of post-secondary graduates in Saskatchewan dropped 6.6 per cent from 2011 to 2012 — the biggest drop in Canada — although the Saskatchewan government disputes that.

The StatsCan report on post-secondary results, released Tuesday, includes graduates from universities, SIAST (now known as Saskatchewan Polytechnic) and other post-secondary institutions.

However, the Saskatchewan government said the StatsCan numbers are incomplete and are based on a snapshot of the numbers, rather than enrolment for the full year.

"The Stats Canada data is limited," an email from the Advanced Education Ministry said. "It misses aboriginal institutions, private vocational schools, skills training and apprenticeship."

Using the Saskatchewan government figures, post-secondary graduations increased 2.8 per cent between 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Officials told CBC they don’t know how the 2.8 per cent compares with the rest of Canada because the Advanced Education Ministry has not done an analysis and does not have access to out-of-province data.

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