Proliferation of provincial student education numbers

Miriam Kramer, Canadian Education Project Director of Higher Education Strategy Associates (formerly the Canadian branch of the Educational Policy Institute) gave a precise overview of the status of unique student identification numbers across Canada. She's involved in the MESA project (Measuring the Effectiveness of Student Aid). Her question is how can we use this data to serve students better.

No news to us BCers, but we're ahead of the pack with our Personal Education Numbers (PENs). Alberta (ASN) and Quebec (Code Permanent) are also leaders, although Quebec has little socio-demographic information (only language spoken at home). ID numbers are "in implementation" in Ontario, in planning in Newfoundland/Labrador, and in discussion in NU, NWT and MB.

BC of course has used PENs for the Student Transitions Project (mentioned in a previous post), and Alberta has used their IDs to study "turn-aways"–those applicants who were rejected by all institutions they applied to.

By the way, Miriam was the only presenter I heard who gave her Twitter ID: CanEdProject. I'm following!

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