Main content

A profile of undergraduate student parents in Canada

Show full item record

Title: A profile of undergraduate student parents in Canada
Author: van Rhijn, Tricia; Smit Quosai, Trudy; Lero, Donna S.
Abstract: Student parents are a significant minority population on Canadian post-secondary campuses. As research exploring this population has been extremely limited to date, this study provides the first national profile of Canadian student parents. We explore student parent enrolment patterns over time and examine current demographic characteristics. The data for this study were drawn from two datasets collected by Statistics Canada: the Labour Force Survey 1976–2005 and the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics 2004 cross-sectional data file. Student parents accounted for between 11% and 16% of all post-secondary enrolment between 1976 and 2005. Further analyses explore participation patterns based on type of institution (college/university), study status (full-/part-time study), age, gender, and marital status. Future research directions and implications for policies and institutional practice are discussed.
Date: 2011
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada
Terms of Use: All items in the Atrium are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.
Related Publications: van Rhijn, T., Smit Quosai, T., & Lero, D. (2011). A profile of undergraduate students in Canada. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 41(3), 59-80.

Files in this item

Files Size Format View
vanRhijn_SmitQuosai_Lero_2011.pdf 882.8Kb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada