FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission is launching a survey of graduates who obtained a bachelor’s degree from a Maritime university in 2012. The purpose of the survey is to gather information on graduates’ pursuit of further studies, employment, financing education – including debt and repayment experiences – and migration patterns.

The survey results will help governments, universities, student associations and graduates to understand the different pathways and key factors that affect successful transitions from education to work or to further studies.

Graduates will be contacted by email or telephone during the coming weeks. Those who are not contacted directly can participate by entering their information on the survey website.

“I would encourage graduates who are contacted to share their experiences and opinions,” said Catherine Stewart, the commission’s interim CEO. “Their responses will help us to understand the larger picture of university graduates’ transitions and will, in turn, inform institutions and governments as they develop policies and programs.”

Stewart said the survey will build on information gathered from a survey of the same class two years after graduation and provide detailed information about the transition at two points in time.

Graduates who complete the survey will have an opportunity to enter a draw to win a grand prize of $1,500 or one of nine prizes of $500 each.

The survey will be conducted by PRA on behalf of the commission in both French and English, and responses will be kept confidential.

The project is funded by the governments of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. It is made possible through the collaboration of the participating Maritime universities. More information about the survey program may be found online. The commission expects to release a series of reports about the findings beginning in 2019.

The commission was established in 1974. It is an arm’s-length organization accountable to the ministers responsible for post-secondary education in the Maritimes. The commission comprises 20 members representing universities, the public (including students), and the three provincial governments. The commission’s primary orientation in carrying out its duties is to give first consideration to improving and maintaining the best possible service to students as lifelong learners.