The Transitions Longitudinal Study was a 7 year research study conducted by researchers at the Paul Menton Centre at Carleton University. The study came out of the findings of the Learning Opportunities Task Force (LOTF), established by the Ontario Ministry of Training from 1997-2003. The Ontario Ministry of Training provided 30 million dollars of funding towards Colleges and Universities for a 5-year research study to develop the most effective post-secondary supports. From 1997 to 2003, 10 colleges and universities developed 6 different support programs; collecting data, including numbers, program evaluation, and student experiences.
LOTF led to understanding the importance of: early Supports, accommodations based on individual needs, importance of meta-cognitive training as early as possible and technology Training and Supports. Furthermore, it was determined that success at the post-secondary level was based on: individualized supports at the elementary and secondary levels, facilitated transition into post-secondary, post-secondary supports are available, and they are used.
The Transitions Longitudinal Study
The Transitions Longitudinal Study was a 7 year research project designed to answer the following questions:
- Did the post-secondary pilot supports accommodate a student’s Learning Disability in a manner specific to the educational environment?
- Did the supports teach transferable skills and personal resiliency in a way that allows for former pilot students to take control of and change their own lives?
The Transitions Final Report showed that:
- 91% of Transitions participants have completed post-secondary education after 7 years.
- Of the102 participants who completed all 7 years of the longitudinal study, 42 participants completed a second post-secondary degree and 12 completed a 3rd full program.
- Even after many years of study, in 2010, 75% of the participants still studying said they planned to than return to school after their latest graduation.