You would think that once you get accepted into a university, nobody really keeps track of you - apart from making sure you're keeping your GPA stable, paying your fees and not getting into any trouble.
But, according to Global News, it seems that with the surfacing of a very extensive list, that is definitely not the case for some Ontario university students who graduated from a very specific list of high schools.
The list has everything to do with the level of mark inflation that happens in Ontario high schools. Surprisingly, the problem is a lot more concerning than you would think. If you thought that high schools were pulling the wool over Canadian universities' eyes, you couldn't be more wrong.
It turns out that there's an extensive list that details every single high school that has been determined as one that highly inflates students' marks.
How was this discovered, you ask? Universities such as the University of Waterloo have been actively tracking their students to see which ones have a higher discrepancy between their high school marks and the marks they get in university.
The study that resulted in the list came about because universities such as Waterloo began to notice that students would come in with above-average marks, but would completely flunk out of their program, or severely struggle.
The universities claim that they began to investigate the issue in order to help students find a better fit. Their findings would be applied to how they select their future students from certain high schools.
Over the course of 2016, 2017 and 2018, 74 high schools in Ontario both private and public could be found on Waterloo's secret list detailing schools from all over the province, including a top 28 of the worst offenders.
As a result, dozens of schools were found to have such inflated marks that when they entered university, they saw upwards of a 27.5% drop from what they achieved in high school.
As you can see from the list above obtained by Global News, the University of Waterloo has been incredibly determined to monitor all of Ontario ranging from schools in the GTA to others in St. Catharines, Ancaster and even Niagara Falls. The ones pictured are part of the top 28 worst offenders with inflation rates between 19 percent and nearly 30 percent.
But, it's not just Ontario students that are being watched. It was noted that New Brunswick students also saw drops of up to 26 percent. As well, students from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh were described as having the largest gaps between their high school and university marks when it came to the subject of international students.
While the list is finally out now, it took a while for the University of Waterloo to give it up. Global News requested the list under Ontario's access-to-information laws but Waterloo refused, claiming their right to privacy. While the list has been known about by some before now, it took over 2 years and a court ruling for the list to finally go public this week.
The reason that this is a cause for concern is not only the fact that high schools are dramatically inflating their marks, but that universities aren't addressing those high schools. Instead, they're secretly monitoring them. As a result, they are less likely to choose students from those high schools without providing students with an explanation. Ultimately, they aren't really giving high schools a chance to change their ways.
The University of Western Ontario, on the other hand, had a similar list to what the University of Waterloo has been keeping secret and did try to reach out to high schools. Western specifically contacted the schools about grade inflation problems using their data, as an attempt to solve the problem. Unfortunately, Western claims that high schools weren't nearly as enthusiastic about changing their ways as they had hoped.
While it's still unclear what the results of this list going public will be, considering many high schools have now been called out for some insane mark inflation, it's expected that change will be coming to those particular schools. Especially considering this is no longer a private conversation like the one Western had with the high schools they contacted. Now, the issue has gone public.
With both the University of Waterloo and Western Ontario having similar lists, it can be presumed that most universities have some sort of list of their own. Meaning if you have any siblings attending one of these high schools, you may want to encourage them to consider switching schools.
If you yourself are from any of those top 28 worst offender schools, you may want to work a little harder this semester to prove your university wrong about their assumptions of you!
Source: Global News