HEQCO releases report advising on college, government, partners’ responsibilities toward international students


The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) has released a report discussing international students and the responsibility that college, private partners, and government have to support them. Authors Julia Colyar, Jackie Pichette, and Janice Deakin write that international student numbers have increased in response to government funding cuts, but that these students often require supports that go above and beyond those designed for domestic students. They assert that institutions must take responsibility for their international students’ well-being. The report recommends that Ontario colleges review international student academic admission requirements; collect and publish international student satisfaction data regarding supports and resources; and work with local community and municipal governments to address challenges such as housing, housing, and local employment. The report also offers recommendations for the provincial and federal governments.