Data collection and reporting keeps the post-secondary system accountable to:

  • learners
  • taxpayers
  • government

This information helps:

  • students make informed decisions about their learning options
  • institutions continuously improve their programs and services
  • ensure system accountability
  • government make informed decisions

Financial data and accountability

What we collect

Government collects data about:

  • institutional financial operations
  • program costs
  • tuition and fees

Publicly-funded institutions also provide planning and reporting documents to government, including:

1. Comprehensive institutional plans

These 3-year plans include the institution’s:

  • business goals and objectives
  • access plan to create opportunities for learners to take part in post-secondary learning
  • research plan for ongoing improvement
  • financial projections for 3 years

Integrating these plans into one document provides a more complete look at the institution’s planned direction. You can find these plans on your post-secondary institution’s website.

2. Annual reports

Annual reports share an institution’s progress towards meeting the goals identified in their comprehensive institutional plan. These reports provide updates on several types of goals, such as:

  • strategic
  • program
  • financial

Annual reports are submitted to the Minister of Advanced Education, as required by the Post-Secondary Learning Act. These reports also include the institution’s audited financial statements, and any other information required by the Minister.

Government also reviews accountability reports for Independent Academic Institutions.

Publicly-funded post-secondary institution annual reports

Publicly-funded institutions must post annual reports on their website:

What we do with it

Government uses this data to get a better understanding of institutions’ operations and oversee accountability and coordination within the system.

Student information

What we collect

Government collects data about:

  • enrolment
  • applications
  • graduate and labour market outcomes
  • graduate satisfaction with their post-secondary experience

What we do with it

Reports created to share information with institutions and Albertans include:

Apprenticeship surveys and statistics

Research about industry needs is used to help apprenticeship programs stay relevant.

Campus Alberta Planning Resource (CAPR)

This yearly environmental scan supported system planning and priority setting until 2016. This information is now shared through the overview of Alberta’s public post-secondary system.

Graduate outcomes surveys

These surveys provide valuable information about post-secondary graduate outcomes by credential type and program of study.

Post-secondary labour force and industry information

Student aid surveys and statistics

  • Alberta Student Aid: Statistical Profiles 2016/17 contains statistics on Alberta Student Aid programming, including:
    • number of students funded
    • dollar amounts provided for loans, grants, scholarships and awards
    • funded student demographic profiles
    • debt and income of Alberta public-post secondary students


To connect with the Public Awareness Branch:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-643-6393
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: ae.publicawareness@gov.ab.ca

Public Awareness Branch
11th floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4L5