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Graduation Rates, Employment Rates, and OSAP Default Rates

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) has requested Ontario universities to make available, to students, data regarding graduation rates, employment rates, and OSAP default rates.

Data are presented by Western's faculty/program and by MAESD program categories. The MAESD categories are quite broad but necessary to ensure comparability throughout the Ontario university system.

To maintain adequate confidentiality in light of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, information has not been shown in instances where the number of students is four or less.


Important Notes:

1. Graduation Rates (calculated by MAESD; undergraduate students only)

MAESD has calculated graduation rates using a single entering cohort of students and determining whether or not they graduated within 7 years. The methodology involves the selection of all 2008-09 full-time, first-year, first-time undergraduate students in both direct-entry and second-entry programs. The subset is then matched against the records for students who received a degree (in any program) from the same institution during the period 2009 to 2015. Graduation rates are generally understated since students who transfer to other universities are categorized as "not graduating".

2. Employment Rates (results of a survey conducted by the Ontario Universities Application Centre; undergraduate students only)

To determine employment rates of recent graduates, a survey of all 2014 graduates of undergraduate degree programs was conducted. Graduates were asked questions regarding their employment situation 6 months and two years after graduation.

3. OSAP Default Rates (calculated by MAESD; undergraduate and graduate students)

OSAP default rates = Percentage of students who had defaulted on their Ontario Student Loan repayment obligations as of July, 2016 from all students who were issued an OSL in 2013-14 and not in 2014-15.


Graduation Rates and Employment Rates by Western's Faculty/Program - March 2018

Faculty/Program Graduation Rates Employment Rates
6 Months After Graduation 2 Years After Graduation
Direct-Entry Programs      
Management and Organizational Studies 85.6% 87.2% 96.9%
Arts, Soc Sci, Kinesiology, FIMS 83.4% 87.9% 92.4%
Engineering 82.9% 82.5% 97.2%
Music 81.3% 94.1% 93.3%
Nursing 89.6% 97.3% 100.0%
Science, B Med Sci, BHSc 83.3% 84.7% 93.0%
Second-Entry Programs      
Business 100.0% 96.2% 97.7%
Dentistry 96.2% 100.0% 100.0%
Education 99.6% 88.3% 92.5%
Law 96.0% 100.0% 97.9%
Medicine 100.0% 100.0% 98.5%
Western University 86.7% 88.8% 94.1%
Ontario University System 77.2% 88.0% 94.0%

Notes:

1. Program level data exclude Western's Affiliated Colleges.

2. Graduation rates = Percentage of the 2008-09 incoming cohort (full-time, first-year, first-time) who graduated in any program between 2009 and 2015 (inclusive).

3. Employment rates = Percentage of the 2014 graduates who were employed 6 months and 2 years after graduation.


Graduation Rates, Employment Rates, and OSAP Default Rates by MAESD Category - March 2018

MAESD Category Graduation Rates Employment Rates OSAP Default Rates
6 Months After Graduation 2 Years After Graduation
Agriculture/Biological Sciences   76.2% 95.0%  
Business and Commerce 85.4% 92.5% 97.1% 0.8%
Computer Science   84.6% 100.0%  
Dentistry 98.1% 100.0% 100.0% 0.0%
Education (Teacher Training) 99.7% 89.0% 92.9% 1.3%
Engineering 82.9% 82.9% 97.3% 0.4%
Fine and Applied Arts 79.6% 86.1% 92.5% 1.3%
Food Sciences and Nutrition 88.9% 50.0% 75.0% 2.7%
Humanities 87.0% 88.8% 91.3% 2.9%
Kinesiology 87.8% 94.3% 91.0% 1.0%
Law 96.0% 100.0% 97.9% 1.1%
Mathematics   92.9% 92.9%  
Medicine 100.0% 100.0% 98.5% 0.0%
Nursing 89.6% 97.4% 100.0% 0.0%
Other Arts and Science 81.5% 75.0% 93.3% 3.4%
Other Health Professions 83.4%     0.0%
Physical Sciences   92.6% 96.4%  
Social Sciences   85.6% 94.4% 0.9%
Theology       0.0%
Therapy and Rehabilitation       0.0%
Western University 86.8% 89.8% 94.8% 2.0%
Ontario University System 77.2% 88.0% 94.0% 3.3%

Notes:

1. UWO data exclude Western's Affiliated Colleges.

2. Graduation rates = Percentage of the 2008-09 incoming cohort (full-time, first-year, first-time) who graduated in any program between 2009 and 2015 (inclusive).

3. Employment rates = Percentage of the 2014 graduates who were employed 6 months and 2 years after graduation.

4. OSAP default rates = Percentage of students who had defaulted on their Ontario Student Loan repayment obligations as of July, 2016 from all students who were issued an OSL in 2013-14 and not in 2014-15.

5. "Business and Commerce" excludes Western's Honors Business Administration (HBA) Program.


 



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