National Graduates Survey (NGS)

Summary of changes

Activity on this program started: 1978

Reference period of change - 2013 (class of 2009/2010)

Instrument design - - Added new concepts on lifelong learning, mobility, skills and qualifications mismatch, intended occupation at graduation, student loans, debt management and sources of support during graduate school.

- Reworded certain questions to match harmonized content (i.e., a process developed to ensure standard concepts, definitions, classification and wording across all household surveys).

Reference period of change - 2005 (class of 2000: follow-up)

Sampling - Trade/vocational graduates were not interviewed in the follow-up survey.

Reference period of change - 2000 (class of 1995: follow up)

Target population - Starting with the class of 1995 (follow-up), the target population was revised to include graduates who had moved to the United States.

Reference period of change - 1984 (class of 1982)

The National Graduates Survey (NGS) is conducted for the first time. Each graduating class will be interviewed twice: two years after graduation and five years after graduation.

Target population - Excluded from the target population are: graduates from private postsecondary education institutions; completers of continuing-education programs (unless these led to a degree, diploma or certificate); part-time trade course completers; persons who completed vocational programs lasting less than three months; persons who completed vocational programs other than in the skilled trades (e.g. basic training and skill development); completers of provincial apprenticeship programs and those living outside of Canada at the time of the survey.

Reference period of change - 1978 (class of 1976)

The Survey of Graduates of Post-secondary Programs was conducted as a pilot survey.

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