Recruitment, retention, and outreach
Since 2011–2012, Queen’s has implemented targeted recruitment and outreach activities in an effort to increase undergraduate Aboriginal enrolment. Among self-identified undergraduate Aboriginal students:
According to Statistics Canada, seven per cent of Canada’s self-identified Aboriginal population over 15 had a university degree or certificate compared with 21 per cent of Canada’s non-Aboriginal population. nine per cent of Ontario’s self-identified Aboriginal population over 15 had a university degree or certificate compared to 23 per cent of Ontario’s non-Aboriginal population.
A significant number of Aboriginal youth will be contributing to Canada’s economic and social prosperity by 2026. Aboriginal youth between 15 and 24 represent 18 per cent of the total Aboriginal population in Canada, with a further 28 per cent being children aged 14 and under.
Applications have increased by 67.8%
Offers have increased by 150.7%
Acceptances have increased by 163%
The year 1–2 undergraduate retention rate among self-identified Aboriginal students is:
92% in 2016 (preliminary)
96% in 2015
93% in 2014
These numbers compare favourably to the overall Queen’s year 1–2 undergraduate retention rate, which is one of the highest in Canada:
94.8% in 2016 (preliminary)
94.3% in 2015
94.8% in 2014
Source:2016–17 enrolment report as of Oct. 31, 2016. Prepared for University Senate by the Office of the Provost.
Queen’s University Self-Identification Project
Queen’s is engaging in a project aimed at increasing self-identification among Aboriginal students. Funding has been received from the Targeted Initiatives Fund through the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development to enhance the university’s student records management system. Currently, the only time a student can self-identify is during the application process. a new mechanism is being developed to provide students with the opportunity to self-identify at any point during their studies. This will allow the university to better understand and respond to the needs of its growing Aboriginal student population.
Queen’s grads featured in “Future Further” campaign
Donna May Kimmaliardjuk (Artsci’11) began her post-secondary education at Queen’s. Living away from home for the first time, Dr. Kimmaliardjuk credits Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre (FDASC) for providing a supportive community that helped her adjust. Dr. Kimmaliardjuk’s story is featured in the Let’s Take Our Future Further campaign launched last year by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU). The initiative celebrates the achievements of Aboriginal learners at Ontario universities and recognizes Aboriginal university graduates who make a daily difference in their communities.
Also featured in the campaign is Haven Moses (Sc’15). Mr. Moses, who studied civil engineering at Queen’s, now works for an engineering company in Oakville, Ont. Dr. Kimmaliardjuk, who received her MD from the University of Calgary, is a resident in heart surgery at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.
Learn more: futurefurther.ca.