These cegeps that make kids succeed better than anywhere else

While the graduation of the boys raises concern at the university level, CEGEP are making a tour de force making them succeed beyond expectations, reveals a brand new ranking inserted in the third edition of the Palmarès des cégeps du Tree trunkwhich will come out tomorrow.

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Two weeks before the deadline for submitting the application for university admission, we see that several institutes in the regions have achieved this feat.

This is the case of the CEGEPs of Sorel-Tracy and Baie-Comeau in the natural sciences, as well as those of Alma and Jonquière in the human sciences.

These rankings are based on students’ graduation rates based on their academic strength upon arrival at CEGEP, in the two pre-university programs and in the five technical programs where they are the most numerous.

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The pandemic had no impact on this exercise, which is based on the most recent data available to the Ministry of Higher Education, which date back to 2019.

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These new data shed light on the success of children in certain programs and certain CEGEPs, “which could help identify possible solutions,” says Catherine Haeck, UQAM professor of education economics.

It is in collaboration with this expert and the analysis company Fluxion that the Palmarès des cégeps du Tree trunk They have been made.

“We need the kids to be successful,” especially in a context of labor shortages that are not going to be resolved, adds Ms Haeck.

A “social drama”

For years, boys have been behind in terms of CEGEP degrees in Quebec: just 56% of them manage to finish their studies two years after the planned duration of the program, compared to 69% of their classmates.

The path of LADS
after high school

University access rate: 58%

Of the 100 children between the ages of 17 and 24, 56 will enroll in CEGEP

Graduation rate: 56%

Of these 56 boys, 32 will graduate from college.

The path of GIRLS
after high school

University access rate: 75%

Out of 100 girls between 17 and 24, 75 will enroll in CEGEP

Graduation rate: 69%

Of these 75 girls, 52 will graduate from college.

To this significant gap, it should be added that a lower percentage of boys than girls enroll in CEGEP. Result: a third of the boys obtain a university degree against half of the girls.

It is a real “social drama”, acknowledges Bernard Tremblay, president and CEO of the Fédération des cégeps. “During the school career, we lose the kids. This is true in high school, CEGEP and college, “he complains.

While the overall picture is rather bleak, the establishments are still doing well, such as those in Rimouski, Jonquière and Vanier, where the boys graduate beyond expectations in several programs selected for this award.

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Unsurprisingly, these establishments are also among those that stand out more generally, regardless of gender, as you will be able to see tomorrow by looking at the detailed data that will be presented in an interactive tool available on our site.

Unique rankings will be presented again, in addition to those specific to children, for the three pre-university courses and the ten technical courses with the highest number of enrollments.

This exercise represents “an important nail that has been hammered” on issues relating to college success, says Michel Perron, a retired professor at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi. The latter hopes that these data will lead to “awareness” and concrete actions in different establishments.

For its part, the Fédération des cégeps is still opposed to this exercise, since different realities specific to each cégep are not taken into account in these rankings, explains Bernard Tremblay.

The latter, however, is “very concerned” about issues relating to student success, especially that of children, and hopes that the government action plan, presented last autumn, will allow the situation to be corrected.

CEGEP in numbers

  • 52 Public CEGEPs (including regional campuses)
  • 174,500 students (of which 44% are teenagers)
  • 143 pre-university and technical programs
  • 9.7% of students with disabilities *
  • 30% of CEGEP students make a program change during their studies
  • 32.3% graduation rate
    (depending on the expected duration, i.e. in two or three years)
  • 63.2% graduation rate
    (two years after the planned duration of the studies)
  • $ 2.2 billion College Network Annual Public Funding

* This is a voluntary declaration made by the student. Most do not report their disabilities, learning difficulties or mental health problems once they go to CEGEP.


Diploma: The Great Gap in Humanities and Business Management

The gap between graduation rates for boys and girls varies greatly between study programs. In the natural sciences, few points separate them (82% versus 88%), while in the humanities the gap is three times greater (51% versus 69%). “It’s huge,” says UQAM Professor Catherine Haeck. The gap is also huge in business management techniques, where 39% of boys graduate, compared to 57% of girls.

Guys do best in engineering

While the graduation rate for teens is less than 55% in some programs, it is much higher in mechanical engineering (66%), civil engineering (72%) and police engineering (84%) programs. ‘It is still surprising to note that when kids are in specific areas, they do much better than in others,’ says Professor Catherine Haeck. Furthermore, the proportion of children varies between study programs, but there are few differences between CEGEPs offering the same program.

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