Key Performance Indicators

Measuring Graduation, Employment and OSAP Default Rates at Lakehead

Lakehead University joined the Ministry of  Advanced Education and Skills Development (formerly the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities) and the Council of Ontario Universities in a  project to make information available regarding student's graduation rates,  graduate employment rates, and OSAP loan default rates.

As required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD), Lakehead University makes available to students data on three key performance indicators: graduation rates, graduate employment rates, and OSAP loan default rates.  Data are presented according to MAESD program categories to ensure comparability throughout the Ontario university system.  Graduation and default rates have been calculated by the MAESD using existing data sources while employment rate data was collected through a graduate survey conducted by CCI Research Inc under the auspices of the MAESD and the Council of Ontario Universities (COU). 

Indicators prior to 2009:

2015 Performance Indicators



2006 Cohort Graduation Rate1 2012 Graduates Employment Rate2 2011/12 Default Rate3
    6 months 2 years  
Ag/Bio Sciences 77.3% 90.0% 95.2% *
Other Arts/Sciences4 64.1% 90.1% 95.8% 0.0%
Business/Commerce 74.7% 87.5% 95.1% 6.8%
Computer Science 72.7% 83.3% 100.0% N/A
Education (Teacher Training) 95.9% 87.7% 93.9% 1.5%
Engineering 70.7% 90.1% 94.6% 3.5%
Fine & Applied Arts 78.1% 85.7% 92.9% 0.0%
Forestry 68.2% 87.5% 88.9% 8.7%
Humanities 70.3% 90.8% 92.4% 6.0%
Mathematics 63.6% 83.3% 100.0% N/A
Nursing 84.5% 95.3% 97.6% 5.3%
Kinesiology, Recreation 69.7% 95.1% 95.7% 7.1%
Other Health Professions N/A N/A N/A *
Physical Sciences 76.9% 80.0% 83.3% N/A
Social Sciences 66.5% 87.1% 93.5% 2.6%
TOTAL 77.3% 89.3% 94.4% 4.2%
Graduation rates for the Engineering post-diploma degree programs, the one year Social Work program, post RN Nursing program and the post-diploma Business program were not included in the above analysis.  Below are the graduation rates for these programs:
Business Year 3 Transfer




Nursing RN 83.3%
Social Work One Year Program 100.0%

1 "Graduation Rate" refers to percentage of year 1 students in bachelors or first professional degree programs in 2006 who subsequently received a degree between 2007 and 2013.

2 "Employment Rate" refers to the percentage of 2012 graduates of bachelors or first professional degree programs who were employed 6 months and two years after graduation.

3 The 2014 default rates reflect the repayment status of students (undergraduate and graduate) who were issued Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loans (COISL) in the 2011-12 academic year and not in 2012-13. Typically, these students completed or exited their studies in 2012-13. COISL includes Canada Student Loans and Ontario 2Student Loans. 

4 "Other Arts and Science" includes students enrolled in General Arts and Science majors not specified by other categories or unspecified.

* Number of Loan Recipients was less than 5, default information has not been shown.

 N/A indicates data Not Available.